Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, known as Quevedo (1580- 1645) was a Spanish nobleman, politician and writer, and one of the most prominent Spanish poets of the Baroque period. He was an adherent of the style known as conceptismo, which has been defined as "a brilliant flash of wit expressed in pithy or epigrammatic style." The style is characterised by rapid rhythm, directness, witty metaphors, and wordplay, conveying multiple meanings in a very concise manner.
Quevedo produced a vast quantity of poetry, which ranged from satire to love poems and philosophy. He appears to have a rather cynical view of women, and has been labelled a misogynist. His love poems, however, seem to be sincerely adoring of the opposite sex. His poems included mythological themes, drawing on the ancient deities of Greece and Rome.
He wrote a single novel, Vida del Buscón, in the picaresque style, which was translated as Paul the Sharper or The Scavenger. He also produced about 15 books on theological subjects, as well as works on literary criticism, satire, and political works.