Ercilla has devoted the twenty-fourth canto of the Araucana to the splendid episode of the battle of Lepanto.
Ercilla represents him as very ardent in battle, sometimes fighting himself, sometimes urging on his soldiers, always in movement.
It is denied by these writers, that Ercilla excelled all his contemporaries in heroic song.
Raynouard observes, that Ercilla has taken Ariosto as his model, especially in the opening of his cantos.
But in Portugal there had arisen a poet, in comparison of whose glory that of Ercilla is as nothing.
The poet Ercilla has made the name of the Araucanians so famous that it were improper now to change the appellation.