Leticia Mercado, assistant professor of Spanish, has a new article published in the double-blind peer-reviewed journal Imago: Revista de Emblemática y Cultural Visual. Titled “Bocángel’s Silva ‘El Retrato’: A Textual Trojan Horse?” the article studies the dialogue of emblematic and poetic image in Spanish Baroque poet Gabriel Bocángel’s silva “El retrato” (c. 1638), framed within the context of the war for poetic patronage at the early modern court and the tradition of the descriptio puellae. This study, the author notes, proposes a re-examination of the text as a defense of the role of poetry and a commentary on the nature of the true leader built on the symbolic and emblematic meanings of three plants: the laurel, the olive, and the ivy.