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Oral Poetry

Oral Poetry
Author: Ruth Finnegan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 153264504X
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This classic study is an introduction to “oral poetry,” a broad subject which Ruth Finnegan interprets as ranging from American folksongs, Eskimo lyrics, and modern popular songs to medieval oral literature, the heroic poems of Homer, and recent epic compositions in Asia or the Pacific. The book employs a broad comparative perspective and considers oral poetry from Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as Europe and America. The results of Finnegan’s vast research illuminate and suggest fresh conclusions to many current controversies: the nature of oral tradition and oral composition; the notion of a special oral style; possible connection between types of poetry and types of society; the differences between oral and written communication; and the role of poets in non-literate societies. Drawing on insights from anthropology and literary scholarship, Oral Poetry attempts to create a greater appreciation of the literary aspects of this fascinating form of poetry. Finnegan quotes extensively from a wide variety of sources, mainly in translation. The discussion is presented in non-technical language and will be of interest not only to sociologists and social anthropologists, but also to all those interested in comparative literature and in folk poetry from cultures around the world. The re-issue of this text, widely used in folklore, anthropology, and comparative literature courses, comes at an appropriate juncture in interdisciplinary scholarship, which is witnessing the breakdown of traditional disciplinary boundaries and an increase in the comparative study of oral poetry. For this volume Ruth Finnegan has provided a new foreword relating the text to more recent developments.
Oral Poetry
Language: en
Pages: 324
Authors: Ruth Finnegan
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-16 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This classic study is an introduction to “oral poetry,” a broad subject which Ruth Finnegan interprets as ranging from American folksongs, Eskimo lyrics, and modern popular songs to medieval oral literature, the heroic poems of Homer, and recent epic compositions in Asia or the Pacific. The book employs a broad
Oral poetry and narratives from Central Arabia. 3. Bedouin poets of the Dawāsir tribe
Language: en
Pages: 506
Authors: P. M. Kurpershoek
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL
This volume presents and analyses the work of four contemporary Saudi Bedouin poets, based on taped records, with special emphasis on this poetry's reflection of the tribal society's evolving self-image at a time of rapid social, economic, and political transformation.
Xhosa Oral Poetry
Language: en
Pages: 303
Authors: Jeff Opland
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 1983-12-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book, first published in 1983, was the first detailed study of the Xhosa oral poetry tradition.
How to Read an Oral Poem
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: John Miles Foley
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Uses examples from Homer's Odyssey to contemporary urban America's slam poetry to explore the cultural contexts of this verbal artform, discussing the structure, principles, and social applications of the oral poem.
Oral poetry and narratives from Central Arabia. 1. The poetry of ad-Dindān
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: P. M. Kurpershoek
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-12-31 - Publisher: BRILL
This work presents the complete collection of oral poetry of a bedouin poet in Central Arabia transcribed and translated on the basis of taped recordings, an extensive glossary, and chapters on i.a. the Najdi tradition in poetry, linguistic features, and prosody.
Basotho Oral Poetry At the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: Tsiu, William Moruti
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-03-28 - Publisher: Kwara State University Press
This book contains a major research into, and deep investigation of Basotho language oral poetry in Lesotho at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The classical form, the dithoko, which was inspired by tribal wars or battles fought by the Basotho, is explored fully, but the absence of wars, and
Homer and the Oral Tradition
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: G. S. Kirk
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1976-12-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In this 1976 volume, Geoffrey Kirk considers the nature of oral and epic poetry, and the meaning of an oral tradition.
Nabati Poetry
Language: en
Pages: 234
Authors: Saad Abdullah Sowayan
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1985-01-01 - Publisher: Univ of California Press
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Comparative Criticism: Volume 2, Text and Reader
Language: en
Pages: 366
Authors: E. S. Shaffer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1980-11-06 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A yearbook sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association asserting that comparative literary studies represent a major direction forwards.
Introduction À la Poésie Orale
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Paul Zumthor
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1990 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
In his comprehensive treatment, Zumthor (emeritus, U. of Montreal) discusses general issues concerning oral poetry, from primary to mechanized orality (including the setting of text to music); the forms of oral poetry; the epic in the West, Africa, and other parts of the globe; the oral poet's texte; performance in