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Hortensio Félix Paravicino

Hortensio Félix Paravicino y Arteaga (October 12, 1580 - December 12, 1633), Spanish preacher and poet, was born at Madrid, was educated at the Jesuit college in Ocafra, and on April 18, 1600 joined the Trinitarian order.

A sermon pronounced before Philip III at Salamanca in 1605 brought Paravicino into notice; he rose to high posts in his order, was entrusted with important foreign missions, became royal preacher in 1616, and on the death of Philip III in 1621 delivered a famous funeral oration which was the subject of acute controversy.

His Oraciones evangélicas (1638-1641) show that he was not without a vein of genuine eloquence, but he often degenerates into vapid declamation, and indulges in far-fetched tropes and metaphors. His Obras posthumas, divinas y humanas (1641) include his devout and secular poems, as well as a play entitled Gridonia; his verse, like his prose, exaggerates the characteristic defects of Gongorism[?].

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

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