Poem of the Cid: A Modern Translation with Notes / Edition 1

Poem of the Cid: A Modern Translation with Notes / Edition 1

by Paul Blackburn
     
 

Few works have shaped a national literature as thoroughly as the Poem of the Cid has shaped the Spanish literary tradition. Tracing the life of the eleventh-century military commander Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, called El Cid (from the Arabic Sayyidi, "My Lord"), this medieval epic describes a series of events surrounding his exile. The text of the poem survives in only

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Overview

Few works have shaped a national literature as thoroughly as the Poem of the Cid has shaped the Spanish literary tradition. Tracing the life of the eleventh-century military commander Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, called El Cid (from the Arabic Sayyidi, "My Lord"), this medieval epic describes a series of events surrounding his exile. The text of the poem survives in only one early-thirteenth-century manuscript copied by a single scribe, yet centuries later the figure of the Cid still was celebrated in the Spanish popular ballad tradition. Today almost every theme that characterizes Spanish literature-honor, justice, loyalty, treachery, and jealousy—derives from the Poem of the Cid.

Restored by poet and medievalist George Economou, this elegant and spirited translation by Paul Blackburn is judged by many the finest English translation of a great medieval poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806130224
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,081,900
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Foreword
Introduction
The First Cantar: The Cid's Exile3
The Second Cantar: The Wedding of the Cid's Daughters59
The Third Cantar: The Atrocity at Corpes111
Notes169
Selected References175

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