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In this primary full-scale ethnographic examine of Yemeni tribal poetry, Steven Caton unearths an astonishingly wealthy folkloric method the place poetry is either a construction of paintings and a political and social act. regularly spoken or chanted, Yemeni tribal poetry is solid in an idiom thought of colloquial and "ungrammatical," but sought after for its wit and spontaneity. In Yemeni society, the poet has energy over humans. by way of eloquence the poet can stir or, if his poetic skills are really notable, inspire an viewers to do his bidding. Yemeni tribesmen imagine, in truth, that poetry's transformative influence is just too crucial not to exploit for urgent public issues.

Drawing on his 3 years of box study in North Yemen, Caton illustrates the importance of poetry in Yemeni society by way of studying 3 verse genres and their use in weddings, warfare mediations, and political discourse at the country. in addition, Caton presents the 1st anthropology of poetics. difficult Western cultural assumptions that political poetry can hardly upward push above doggerel, Caton develops a version of poetry as cultural perform. To compose a poem is to build oneself as a peacemaker, as a warrior, as a Muslim. therefore the poet engages in constitutive social practice.

Because of its hugely interdisciplinary technique, this publication will curiosity a variety of readers together with anthropologists, linguists, folklorists, literary critics, and students of heart japanese society, language, and culture.

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