Glosa Notes

About the Jez of It

The Spanish Glosa is known as a mote or retruecano, closely related to the cantiga. In its strict form, it is a poem consisting of a cabeza or texte line or short stanza that states the theme of the poem and followed by one stanza for each line of the cabeza explaining or glossing that line and often adding a refrain as the first or last line or even both.

The cabeza may be any length or rhyme and the poet is free to choose any other form for the glossing stanzas. Loosely the Glosa is a poem that expands on the theme at the opening texte.

Example

Western Wind by Wesli Court

Western wind, when wilt thou blow,
That the small rain down shall rain?
Christ! that my love were in my arms,
And I in my bed again.

–ANONYMOUS

Western wind, when wilt thou blow?
When shall the…

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