“El Cid”

October 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Classics | Leave a comment

You may know of El Cid as an example of early medieval epic poetry.  At the Rocket Scientist house, we know it as our new best friend.  You see, we do medieval reenactment.  Yes, you knew we were nerds before, but you might not have realized just how nerdy we really are.  I read El Cid aloud on the way to and from a tournament this Saturday.

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The only thing missing from this fantastic and lively translation was the poetry.  A few rhymes snuck themselves in here and there, but we couldn’t help but wish for more.  We read Beowulf on one of our last road trips, and that translation was in blank verse, also losing the complex internal rhyme scheme of the original.  There’s probably some polyglot out there who can read all these things in the original, but it isn’t me.

El Cid is packed with action and drama.  My man RS claims the battle scenes amped him up when he put his own armor on.  Now he can’t stop talking about “souls flying out of bodies” and “blood running down his elbow.”


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