José María Micó, Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will analyse the figure of Ausiàs March (c. 1397-Valencia, 1459), the poet responsible for breaking with the language of the Provençal tradition, which was Occitan. Admired and imitated by the Spanish poets of the Renaissance, Ausiàs March questioned the courtly models and rhetoric of his time, constructing a voice of his own, at times complex and witty and others adopting a confessional tone, which anticipated a humanist and individualised view for poetic expression.
Hailing from a family of the minor gentry, after a life comparable a medieval knight with episodes at the court of Alfonso V of Aragon (the Magnanimous), military campaigns and maritime expeditions, he retired in Gandía to concentrate on his possessions and poetry, composing as many as 128 poems. The subject matter of his works is typically divided into songs of love, morality and death, with a predominance of poems about pure and spiritual love. One of his most unique compositions is the Canto espiritual, in the guest speaker’s words: “a masterpiece of penitential poetry, a disjointed and compulsive piece like others by the poet befitting of a perplexed man who asks God for help because he is unsure of his faith”.