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 Studies
Somalia 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.
B. W. ANDRZEJEWSKI is Emeritus Professor of Cushitic Languages and Literatures in the University of London, where he was a faculty member of the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1952 to 1982. SHEILA ANDRZEJEWSKI (nee Weekes) accompanied her husband on most of his research travels and shares his interest in the literary culture of Somalia.
Introduction The Poems Raage Ugaas 1 To the Camels 2 A Broken Betrothal 3 A Horse Beyond Compare 4 Riposte to a Young Opponent in a Poetic Duel 5 Old Age Xirsi Garaad Faarax `Wiilwaal' 6 A Young Sultan Speaks to His People Cali Bucul 7 Guulside, the Victory Bearer Aadan-Gurey Maxamed Cabdille 8 Seventy and Ten Years Faarax Afcad 9 Camel Rustling-1 Qawdhan Ducaale 10 Camel Rustling-2 Cali Jaamac Haabiil 11 The Death of a Friend Maxamed Cabdille Xasan 12 A Fine War Horse 13 A Land of Drought 14 Treason 15 A Terrible Journey 16 Folly 17 Perhaps the Trumpet Has Sounded 18 A Prayer for Maryam Xuseen Maxamuud Faarax known as `Xuseen Dhiqle' 19 The Lion's Share Ismaaciil Mire 20 Change of Command 21 A Hoopoe Rebuked 22 Listen, O Truck 23 Fleeting Joys 24 What Will Come Next? Saahid Qamaan 25 Equality Qamaan Bulxan 26 The Stolen Wife 27 In Praise of Barni Sheekh Nuur Ugaas Rooble 28 Dissimulation Cilmi Bowndheri 29 A Vain Love 30 A Vision 31 The Messenger Faarax Shuuriye 32 A Chief is Thanked for the Gift of a Horse Cumar Xuseen `Ostreeliya' 33 Where True Profit Lies 34 In Praise of Weris Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil Galaal 35 The Serpent Axmed Maxamed Good `Shimbir' 36 A Lover's Fears Cali Sugulle 37 A Happy Marriage Xasan Sheekh Muumin 38 The Betrayed Girl Axmed Ismaaciil Diiriye `Qaasim' 39 Bitter and Sweet Maxamed Ibraahim `Hadraawi' 40 At the Grave of Cilmi Bowndheri 41 Beledweyn Appendices I. The Oral and the Written Medium II. Pronunciation of Somali Words III. Alliteration and Scansion IV. Selected Bibliography V. Sources