GASPAR GIL POLO (?153o-1591) ,
See also:Spanish novelist and poet, was
See also:born at Valencia about 1530 . He is often confused with Gil Polo,
See also:professor of Greek at Valencia University between 1566 and 1573; but this professor was not named Gaspar . He is also confused with his own son, Gaspar Gil Polo, the author of De origine et progressu
See also:juris romani (1615) and other legal
See also:treatises, who pleaded before the Cortes as
See also:late as 1626 . A
See also:notary by profession, Polo was attached to the treasurycommission which visited Valencia in 1571, became coadjutor to the chief accountant in 1572, went on a
See also:mission to
See also:Barcelona in 158o, and died there in 1591 . Timoneda, in the Sarao de amor (156i), alludes to him as a poet of repute; but of his
See also:miscellaneous verses only two conventional, eulogistic sonnets and a
See also:song survive . Polo finds a place in the
See also:history of the novel as the author of La
See also:Diana enamorada, a continuation of
See also:Monte-mayor's Diana, and perhaps the most successful continuation ever written by another
See also:hand . Cervantes, punning on the writer's name, recommended that " the Diana enamorada should be guarded as carefully as though it were by
See also:Apollo himself "; the hyperbole is not wholly, nor even mainly, ironical . The
See also:book is one of the most agreeable of Spanish pastorals; interesting in incident, written in fluent
See also:prose, and embellished with melodious poems, it was constantly reprinted, was imitated by Cervantes in the
See also:Canto de Caliope, and was translated into
See also:English, French, German and Latin . The English version of Bartholomew
See also:Young, published in 1598 but current in
See also:manuscript fifteen years earlier, is said to have suggested the Felismena
See also:episode in the Two Gentlemen of Verona; the Latin version of Caspar Barth, entitled Erotodidascalus (Hanover, 1625), is a performance of uncommon merit. as well as a
See also:bibliographical curiosity .
POLO (Tibetan pulu, ball)
MARCO POLO (c. 1254-1324)
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