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Author: Dronke, Peter
Title: The Medieval Lyric
Date: 1968
Publication details: London: Hutchinson, l968, 70-2, 222-4; Spanish transl. La LĂ­rica en la Edad Media (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1978), 87-9, 286-9.rn
Snow ID: 321
Commentary: Snow 1977: "On pp. 70-2 we learn that Arabs and Jews helped to compose some of the CSM melodies, a debatable point, and that the refrains of the cantigas were sung (and danced) after each strophe, also a debatable point (see Cummins, 1970). The observation that Alfonso's tone is often comparable to that which Boccaccio achieves in the novelle is a good one. On pp. 222-4 there is a high literary valuation of CV 63 which D. thinks is Alfonso's finest song: it is both symbolist and highly original. D. gives the Galician Portuguese text and his own splendid translation of it. An English excerpt of CSM 94 is on p. 72 (1968 ed.)"
Associated Poems: 94 - The Nun who Ran Away with a Knight
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