Ausiàs March wrote 19 poems for a lady referred to as Plena de seny (Full of Prudence), and 35 poems for Llir entre cards (Lily Among Thistles). The biblical origin of the second soubriquet («Sicut lilium inter spinas», Cant 2, 2) was often applied to the Virgin Mary. Lily Among Thistles has been identified recently as the noble Lady Teresa d'Híxar, a widow with offspring. This article argues that the senhal Full of Prudence does not derive from the Angel's salute to Mary («Ave gratia plena», Lc 1, 28), but rather from Matthew's mention to the virgines prudentes who await a husband (Mt 25, 1-13). Liturgical uses of this passage confirm that Full of Prudence must refer to a maiden. Thereby, as Martí de Riquer suggested in 1964, Full of Prudence and Lily Among Thistles are different addressees. Accordingly, the contents of each series of poems are distinct and consistent with their corresponding soubriquets. This article finally suggests that Full of Prudence may refer to Isabel Martorell.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2010|