The notion of letrilla alludes to a poetry of limited extension, often set to music. It is a satirical, festive or romantic composition that is segmented into stanzas, which in their end usually repeat the general idea as a chorus.
The letrilla began to become popular in the century XVI. Typically, it presents a light tone, with royal couplets or rounds. Refering to rhyme, it can be assonance or consonant, depending on the case.
It should be noted that, due to its shape, the letrilla is usually related to the carol. It has also been linked to Romance.
Various exponents of the call Spanish Golden Age they raided the latrilla. Among them we can mention Francisco de Quevedo already Luis de Gongora.
QuevedoIn fact, he is the author of several letrillas that reached a great impact due to their characteristics. In the construction site known as “Mr money is a powerful gentleman”, for example, the writer took that phrase to close each stanza. He does something similar in another widely spread work, where he repeats “In summer take steel / and at all times gold”.
Gongora, for his part, immortalized a letter that, at the end of each stanza, reiterated “And people laugh”. Other lyrics by this poet appealed to the repetition of expressions such as “Oh my God, what a disgrace!”, “Jesus, what a bad thing!” Y “Miracles of the world are”.
In the plane of the religious poetry letrillas also appear. Saint Teresa of Jesus bet on this gender, being recognized a letter whose refrain indicates “That I die because I do not die”.