Sanctuary of Our Lady of Copacabana in Peru, sacred poem

In Lima, in the year 1641, the poem Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Copacabana en el  Perú composed by the Augustinian, member of the Holy Office (Inquisición), Fernando de Valverde. The poem, composed of 18 silvas, is dedicated to the Virgin and its sanctuary of Copacabana.

Carlos García Bedoya, in his book La literatura peruana en el período de estabilización colonial, describes Valverde’s poem as a combination of the epic and the bucolic genres. He highlights the attitude indigenous shepherds that come to the worship Virgin Mary, in a journey of allegorical connotations. We have mention the allegorical characters that represent the various scopes of the viceregal scenario: Castilla del Oro, Nuevo Reino de Granada, Quito, Chile, Tucumán, Paraguay and, certainly, the King of Peru, escorted by two princesses, Lima and Cuzco.

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