Anthology of Somali Poetry

ISBN-10: 0253304636
ISBN-13: 9780253304636
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Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 9/22/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"This is a fascinating and unusual collection that deserves attention." -- Bloomsbury Review"... this anthology of poetry is a breath of fresh air. It provides the reader with the means of gaining a deeper insight into Somali life through what is to the Somalis their most important cultural form, namely, poetry." -- Bulletin of the School of Irental & African Studies"This affordable and beautifully produced book is a small jewel in the field of Somali studies, as it is the fruit of over forty years of dedicated linguistic and literary scholarship by one of the most thorough and accurate translators and analysts of Somali poetry, B. W. Andrzejewski." -- International Journal of African Historical StudiesSomalia has been called "a nation of poets." This volume makes available in beautiful English translation the very best, and most universal, of Somali poetry, from the 19th century to the present. With 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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