Martín Codax: ‘Cantigas damigo’

Martín Codax was a galician medieval joglar possibly from Vigo in present day Spain. He may have been active during the middle of the thirteenth century. He is one of only two out of a total of 88 authors of cantigas d’amigo.

This is a genre of medieval lyric poetry, apparently rooted in a song tradition native to the north of the iberian peninsula.  What mainly distinguishes the cantiga de amigo is its focus on a world of female-voiced communication. In these cantigas the speaker is nearly always a girl, her mother, the girl’s girl friend, or the girl’s boyfriend.

Stylistically, they are characterized by simple strophic forms, with repetition, variation, and parallelism, and are marked by the use of a refrain (around 90% of the texts).

The cantiga de amigo have been said to have characteristics in common with the Mozarabic kharajat, but there may be merely coincidences of female speaker and erotic themes.

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