Dylan Brennan (University College Cork)
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The best known of the Mexican pre-Hispanic poets, Nezahualcoyotl was born in 1402 in Texcoco. His father, Ixtlilxochitl, was the sixth King of Texcoco and his mother, Matlalcihuatzin, daughter of Huitzilihuitl, second lord of Tenochtitlan. In 1418 Tezozomoc, king of Azcapotzalco waged a war against Texcoco with the intention of dethroning Ixtlilxochitl and annexing Texcoco. Nezahualcoyotl fled alongside his father and, according to one version of events, at Tepanahuayan, the sixteen-year-old boy hid up a tree while his father was slain by Tezozomoc’s soldiers. This event marked the beginning of the young prince’s exile. In 1419 he was captured in Chalco and condemned to death by Toteotzintecuhtli, who hoped to win the favour of Tezozomoc. Nezahualcoyotl managed to escape and sought…

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Citation: Brennan, Dylan. "Nezahualcoyotl". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 July 2017 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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