Francisco de Rioja
Quintana considers his poems the first attempts at descriptive poetry in the Castilian language. The style is original, the thoughts beautifully expressed, the taste refined, and the versification well adapted and harmoniously blended with the theme. Menéndez y Pelayo writes that Rioja's "Ode to Summer", and those "To Tranquillity", "To Constancy," "To Riches" and "To Poverty" are, after the lyrics of Fray Luis de León, the best moral odes in Castilian poetical treasure.
- Ramón Fernández, Poesías de Francisco de Rioja y de otros poetas andaluces (Madrid, 1798);
- Sismondi, Hist. de la literatura española, II (Seville, 1842), 173;
- Ticknor, Hist. of Spanish Lit., II (New York, 1854), 545;
- Fernández-Espino, Curso híst. crítico de la lit. española (Seville, 1895).
- Edition of Rioja's poems is that of Barrera (Madrid, 1867); Adiciones á las poesías de Rioja (Madrid, 1872)
- Catholic Encyclopedia article
- Works by or about Francisco de Rioja at Internet Archive
- Works by Francisco de Rioja at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)