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The sonnet entitled "Describe el rio de Madrid en julio" (1306) is one clear example in which Lope shifts his earlier focus away from idealizing his city's river as a gentle and calm location to gaze upon a distant Lucinda.
American leaders have long tried to claim authority over the present by idealizing the past.
Along with this general process of idealizing, editing out the less honorable parts, there is another factor: the longtime Western Christian suspicion that sexuality is per se sinful.