Cantar de Mío Cid

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Cid, Cantar de Mío


a Spanish epic poem composed about 1140 by an unknown minstrel and preserved in an incomplete copy dating from 1307.

The poem is faithful to historical facts and accurately recreates the figure of Rodrigo Díaz de Bivar (born between 1026 and 1043; died 1099), the nobleman who won glory for his feats in the Reconquista and was nicknamed Campeador (warrior) and Cid (Arabic said,”lord”). The common people viewed the Cid, who is idealized by the author, as a vassal devoted to the king, a fighter for the liberation of the country from the Moors, and, at the same time, as an enemy of the feudal nobility. The poem has traits of epic poetry; it is also marked by irony, vivid language, and descriptive skill. It had an immense influence on the development of Spanish literature, and the figure of the Cid was reflected in works of P. Corneille and J. G. Herder.


Cantar de Mío Cid. Text, grammar, and vocabulary [by] R. Menéndez Pidal, 3rd ed., vols. 1–3. Madrid, 1954–56. (Obras completas de R. Menéndez Pidal, vols. 3–5.) In Russian translation: Pesn’ o Side. Moscow, 1959.


Smirnov, A. A. “Ispanskii narodnyi epos i poema o Side.” In the collection Kul’tura Ispanii.[Moscow] 1940.
Menéndez Pidal, R. Izbr. proizv. Moscow, 1961.
Menéndez Pidal, R. La España del Cid, 5th ed., vols. 1–2. Madrid, 1956.
Menéndez Pidal, R. El Cid Campeador, 5th ed., [Madrid, 1964.]


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Himelblau's Morphology of the Cantar de Mio Cid uses Vladimir Propp's critical framework for Russian fairytales in an analysis of the Castilian epic poem and shows us its applicability to different literary genres.
The ideal of virtue for Mena is one of restraint, self-control and moderation, as expressed in the recurrent term "mesura" in the Cantar de mio Cid and as embodied by its eponymous hero.
He is the translator of the classical Spanish poem Cantar de Mio Cid and of contemporary verse from Africa, and has published essays and articles on a wide array of subjects including conservation, history, and politics as well as literature.