Poem of the Cid

Poem of the Cid

A Modern Translation With Notes

Book - 1998
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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 the 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.
Publisher: Norman : University Of Oklahoma Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780806130217
0806130210
9780806130224
0806130229
Branch Call Number: 861 C568po 1998
Characteristics: xvi, 175 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Economou, George
Blackburn, Paul
Alternative Title: Cid (Epic cycle)

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(1140?) Also called Poem of the Cid or Poem of my Cid. "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 the Cid (from the Arab... Read More »

(1140?) Also called "El Cid" or "Poem of my Cid." "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 the Cid... Read More »


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