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    Anthology of Somali Poetry

    ISBN-10: 0253304628
    ISBN-13: 9780253304629
    Author(s): B. W. Andrzejewski, Sheila Andrzejewski
    Description: When Sir Richard Burton visited Somalia in 1854 he was immediately impressed by the inhabitantsÕ love of poetry. He reported: ÒThe country teems with poets . . . the fine ear of this people causes them to take the greatest in harmonious sounds and  More...
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    Publisher: Indiana University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 128
    Size: 6.39" wide x 9.61" long x 0.55" tall
    Weight: 1.100
    Language: English

    When Sir Richard Burton visited Somalia in 1854 he was immediately impressed by the inhabitantsÕ love of poetry. He reported: ÒThe 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.Ó 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 ÒWiilwaalÓ, Cali Bucu Axmed-Guray Maxamed Cabdille, Faarax Cad, Qawdhan Ducaale, Cali Jaamac Haabiil, Maxamed Cabdille Xasan, Xuseen Maxamuud Faarax, ÒXuseen Dhigle,Ó Ismaaciil Mire, Saahid Qamaam, Qamaan Bulxan, Nuur Ugaas Rooble, Cilmi Bowndheeri, Faarzx Shuuriye, Cumar Xuseen ÒOstreeliya,Ó Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil Galaal, Maxamed Good ÒShimbir,Ó Cali Sugulle, Xasan Sheekh Muumin, Axmed Ismaaciil Diiriye ÒQaasim,Ó and Maxamed Ibraahiim ÒHadraawi.Ó There are appendixes covering the oral and written medium, the pronunciation of Somali words, alliteration and scansion, selected bibliography, and sources.

    Introduction
    To the Camels
    A Broken Betrothal
    A Horse Beyond Compare
    Riposte to a Young Opponent in a Poetic Duel
    Old Age
    A Young Sultan Speaks to His People
    Guulside the Victory Bearer
    Seventy and Ten Years
    Camel Rustling - 1
    Camel Rustling - 2
    The Death of a Friend
    A Fine War Horse
    A Land of Drought
    Treason
    A Terrible Journey
    Folly
    Perhaps the Trumpet Has Sounded
    A Prayer for Maryam
    The Lion's Share
    Change of Command
    A Hoopoe Rebuked
    Listen, O Truck
    Fleeting Joys
    What Will Come Next?
    Equality
    The Stolen Wife
    In Praise of Barni Sheekh
    Dissimulation
    A Vain Love
    A Vision
    The Messenger
    A Chief Is Thanked for the Gift of a Horse
    Where True Profit Lies
    In Praise of Weris
    The Serpent
    A Lover's Fears
    Happy Marriage
    The Betrayed Girl
    Bitter and Sweet
    At the Grave of Cilmi Bowndheri
    Beledweyn
    App. I: The Oral and the Written Medium
    App. II: Pronunciation of Somali Words
    App. III: Alliteration and Scansion
    App. IV: Selected Bibliography
    App. V: Sources

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