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Anthology of Somali Poetry

Anthology of Somali Poetry (Paperback)

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When Sir Richard Burton visited Somalia in 1854, he was immediately impressed by the inhabitant's love of poetry. He reported: The country teems with poets ...the fine ear of this people causes them to take the greatest in harmonious sounds and poetical expressions, where a false quantity or a prosaic phrase excite their violent indignation. The love of poetry among Somalis has continued to this day, the majority of it still in an oral tradition. This sample presents the best of that poetry from the late 19th Century to the present. The poets presented are: Raage Ugaas, Xirsi Garaad Faarax Wiilwaal, Cali Bucu Axmed-Guray Maxamed Cabdille, Faarax Cad, Qawdhan Ducaale, Cali Jaamac Haabiil, Maxamed Cabdille Xasan, Xuseen Maxamuud Faarax, Xuseen Dhigle, Ismaaciil Mire, Saahid Qamaam, Qamaan Bulxan, Nuur Ugaas Rooble, Cilmi Bowndheeri, Faarzx Shuuriye, Cumar Xuseen Ostreeliya, Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil Galaal, Maxamed Good Shimbir, Cali Sugulle, Xasan Sheekh Muumin, Axmed Ismaaciil Diiriye Qaasim, and Maxamed Ibraahiim Hadraawi. There are appendixes covering the oral and written medium, the pronunciation of Somali words, alliteration and scansion, selected bibliography and sources.

Fiction & PoetryPoetry Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 01/06/1993 ISBN-13: 9780253304636  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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B. W. ANDRZEJEWSKI is Emeritus Professor of Cushitic Languages and Literatures in the University of London, where he was a faculty member of the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1952 to 1982. SHEILA ANDRZEJEWSKI (nee Weekes) accompanied her husband on most of his research travels and shares his interest in the literary culture of Somalia.

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