Collecting Portuguese Ballads
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"The Spanish began to publish extensive collections dedicated exclusively to their ballads in the middle of the sixteenth century (see Rodríguez-Moñino 1973). These collections included versions of many poems that had already become traditional, for they were being sung by common people throughout Spain. Although the Portuguese were also singing ballads at that time, nothing of the sort was done in Portugal. This lack of ancient documentation renders the modern Portuguese tradition even more significant. Without the poems that have been transmitted from generation to generation throughout the centuries, our knowledge of the ancient Portuguese tradition would be very limited indeed."--Opening paragraph.
Oral Tradition, 2/2-3 (1987): 547-72.