July 11, 1561, Córdoba, Spain.

May 24, 1627, Córdoba, Spain.

Born into a noble family, and son of a judge, Góngora is one of the best known Spanish baroque poets. He studied civil and canon law at the University of Salamanca. By age 24, he was already known as a poet when Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) praised him in La Galatea. In 1585, Góngora took minor orders and became a prebendary of Córdoba Cathedral; he took deacon’s orders the following year. Around 1605, he was ordained as a priest, and subsequently lived in Valladolid and Madrid.

  1. Story of the Shepherd

Góngora’s burial place