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The Spanish Ballad in English

The Spanish Ballad in English

SHASTA M. BRYANT
Copyright Date: 1973
Pages: 264
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    The Spanish Ballad in English
    Book Description:

    This study offers an introduction to an important branch of Spanish literature -- the romance, or ballad. Although a great many of these poems have been translated into English by various authors, they are not generally known nor easily accessible. Collected here for the first time in a single volume is a broad and representative sampling of romances in translation that encompasses historical ballads (including those about Spain's greatest folk hero, el Cid), Moorish ballads, and ballads of chivalry, love, and adventure.

    For the collection, Shasta M. Bryant has written a perceptive commentary and critique in which he discusses the individual poems and compares the translation with the original; both texts are presented to facilitate comparison. For those who wish to pursue their reading further there is an index of romances that have been translated into English, along with the names of the translators. Although the text has been written with the non-specialist in mind, this book will be equally valuable for students of comparative literature and of medieval Spain.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6228-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-6)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 7-8)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. 9-10)
    S. M. B.
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 11-38)

    Spain has frequently and rightfully been called the “land of theRomancero.” No other country possesses such a rich and varied treasure of ballad literature, nor is there any other country whose history, civilization, and life are concentrated so thoroughly in its popular poetry. Loved by the common man, studied and admired by the historian and literary scholar, and a continual source of inspiration to creative writers, theromancesconstitute one of the most important segments of Spanish literature and one of the most original and lasting tributes to the Spanish people.

    The wordromancecomes from a Vulgar Latin...

  5. Chapter I THE CID BALLADS
    (pp. 39-114)

    The popularity of Spain’s greatest folk hero, El Cid Campeador, dates from a few years after his death in 1099. He was born Rodrigo, or Ruy, Díaz de Vivar, near the city of Burgos in northern Spain around the middle of the eleventh century. His deeds, both legendary and real, were first celebrated in the twelfth-century epicEl poema de mío Cidand later in the much more romantic and extravagantMocedades de Rodrigo(The Youth of Rodrigo) of the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century. The most complete account of the Cid’s life and adventures is to be found...

  6. Chapter II OTHER HISTORICAL BALLADS
    (pp. 115-152)

    Even if one were to leave aside the enormous number of ballads devoted to the adventures of the Cid, the historical ballads would still rank as the most important, and in many ways the most interesting, of the several categories ofromances. The themes treated run the gamut from the great events of biblical and classical history to relatively insignificant and minor incidents of a purely local and contemporary nature, but the most fully developed cycles concern the legendary figures and major episodes of national history from about the eighth century through the fifteenth. Too, certain family or personal histories,...

  7. Chapter III MOORISH BALLADS
    (pp. 153-186)

    The Moorish ballads form a large and fascinating class which includes some types similar to those already studied and others with characteristics peculiar to themselves. This seeming ambiguity is explained by the difficulties resulting from the attempts to classify and categorize the many different kinds of poems found in theRomanceroand by my decision to treat in one section all ballad types in which the Moors have a key role. In general, there are two principal kinds. Theromances fronterizos, based on events connected with thefronteraor border between Moors and Christians, have much in common with the...

  8. Chapter IV BALLADS OF CHIVALRY, LOVE, AND ADVENTURE
    (pp. 187-224)

    The final sampling from theRomancerowill consist mainly of ballads which belong to theromance juglarescoorromance artisticocategories. The use of either term designates a composition of relatively late origin, somewhat more personal in tone than theromances viejosortradicionales, and one which reveals evidence of individual, rather than collective authorship.¹ The artistic ballads, especially, show signs of conscientious workmanship and are more polished in form and more regular in meter than the older ballads. They also tend to be lyric in nature rather than narrative, with a great variety of themes. Most of the ballads...

  9. CONCLUSION
    (pp. 225-232)

    The translations presented in the preceding chapters constitute a relatively small percentage of thoseromanceswhich have found their way into English, although I have made an effort to single out some of the best and most representative. Practically all the major categories are included and most of the better translators, at least those who have been most active in this field. There are, of course, many other outstanding compositions among the hundreds of Spanish ballads in English translation, and it is my hope the reader may be inspired to seek these out for himself. The appendixes, which indicate those...

  10. Appendix A. A LIST OF ROMANCES THAT HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH, WITH THE NAMES OF TRANSLATORS
    (pp. 233-246)
  11. Appendix B. ALPHABETICAL LIST OF TRANSLATORS AND LOCATION OF TRANSLATIONS
    (pp. 247-254)
  12. INDEX OF BALLAD TEXTS REPRODUCED IN THIS SURVEY
    (pp. 255-256)
  13. GENERAL INDEX
    (pp. 257-261)