Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Poem of the Cid: A Modern Translation with Notes by Paul Blackburn

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Poem of the Cid: A Modern Translation with Notes by Paul Blackburn

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Poem of the Cid A Modern Translation with Notes by Paul Blackburn (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1 998). xvi + 175 pp. ISBN 0-8061-3021-3021-0. $19.95 This translation is published posthumously (Paul Blackburn died in 1971), with a brief preface by the translator, a foreword by George Economou, and an introduction by Luis Cortest. In the translator's preface Blackburn makes the point that `it is made specifically to be read aloud', as `the original was made to be sung or chanted in the presence of an audience by a juglar' (p. vi). This is achieved, on the whole successfully, by an extremely free verse structure. Only a few quibbles could be made: consistency of register is sometimes an issue: compare `gave it a helluva kick' and 'mio Cid should not have to give them / a damn cent of interest' with the formality of epithets like `bless the hour you girded on sword' and `the mitred man of merit'; inconsistency also creeps in when the interjection_ya is rendered now by 'Hey' and now, inexplicably, by 'Ya'. …

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