Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

An Extensive Investigation Into The Sources And Inspiration Of National Folk Song

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The larger and more important literature of Spain has naturally drawn a wider attention than that of its smaller neighbor in the Iberian penin­sula. The great achievements of Spanish genius in the era of its intellectual efflorescence have com­pelled the intellectual world to study its language and familiarize itself with its literature. And not only have the great works of Cervantes and Cal-deron and Lope de Vega been studied and criti­cised, and reproduced in all the cultivated lan­guages of Europe, but the treasures of popular Spanish poetry, with their rich elements of chiv­alry and romantic passion, have been carefully studied and exemplified by foreign scholars, and been the inspiration of foreign poets and transla­tors. Hardly any country in Europe has a more valuable collection of popular poetry in the times of its military and intellectual greatness, or which more thoroughly illustrates its history or the char­acteristics of its national temperament. The long chronicles of the Cid, and the ballad narratives of
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