Amarilis (poet)

Amarilis was a pseudonymous poet from Peru in the late 16th-century. Amarilis is known from a single poem in the form of an epístola, or epistle, titled Amarilis a Belardo. The title, which translates to Amarilis to Belardo in English, refers to Amarilis' polite manner of addressing "Belardo," whose true identity is known as Spanish playwright Lope de Vega[1]. Her identity remains a mystery, but Amarilis is generally believed to have been a woman.[2] James Bardin, a professor of Romance studies, asserts that Amarilis was a nun living in a convent in either the small city of Huánuco or Peru's capital, Lima.[1] Amarilis a Belardo is lengthy and conveys Amarilis' feelings of isolation due to her responsibilities as a nun, as well as her frustrations from being in Peru instead of Spain.[3][1]


  1. ^ a b c Bardin, James C. (1941). "Three Literary Ladies of Spain's American Colonies: II. Amarilis". Bulletin of the Pan American Union. 75: 19–24 – via HeinOnline Law Journal Library.
  2. ^ Leonard, Irving A. (May 1937). Leonard, Irving A. (ed.). "More Conjectures regarding the Identity of Lope de Vega's "Amarilis Indiana"". Hispania. 20 (2): 113–120. doi:10.2307/332321. JSTOR 332321.
  3. ^ Mascia, Mark J. "To judge through verse: The sonnets of Lope de Vega's La Circe and his engagement with literature". Romanic Review. 92, Issue 3: 334–340 – via ProQuest LION.