Skip to content

Oral Poetry Its Nature, Significance, and Social Context

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 0253207088

ISBN-13: 9780253207081

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ruth H. Finnegan

List price: $16.95
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
Out of stock
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!


This classic study is an introduction to Òoral poetry,Ó 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 and the Pacific. The book employs a wide comparative perspective, to consider oral poetry from Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as Europe and America. The results of FinneganÕs vast research suggest fresh approaches to many current controversies: the nature of oral tradition and oral composition; the notion of a special oral style; possible connections between types of poetry and types of society; the differences between…    
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 287
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface to the Midland Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Some Approaches to the Study of Oral Poetry
Style and Performance
Transmission, Distribution and Publication
Poets and Their Positions
Audience, Context and Function
Poetry and Society
Concluding Comment