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How to Read an Oral Poem

How to Read an Oral Poem - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0252070822

Cover of How to Read an Oral Poem 02 (ISBN 978-0252070822)
ISBN13: 978-0252070822
ISBN10: 0252070828
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Published: 2002
International: No

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How to Read an Oral Poem - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0252070822

John Miles Foley

ISBN13: 978-0252070822
ISBN10: 0252070828
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Though they appear diverse, Homer's Odyssey and slam poetry from contemporary urban America draw from the well of oral tradition. This unique, practical, and user-friendly guide explores the cultural contexts of verbal art to provide more-than-textual methods for understanding the structure, principles, and social applications of oral poetry.

Drawing on dozens of examples, including a North American slam poet, a Tibetan paper-singer, a South African praise-poet, and an ancient Greek bard, John Miles Foley shows that although oral poetry long predates the invention of writing, it continues to be a vital culture-making and communications tool in societies all over the world. Based on fieldwork and archival research on epics, folktales, lyrics, laments, charms, and other oral traditions, How to Read an Oral Poem answers the questions, What is oral poetry? How does it work? What is reading, literally and figuratively?

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