An Anthology of Somali Poetry

An Anthology of Somali Poetry

By: W.B. Andrzejewski (translator), Sheila Andrzejewski (translator), B. W. Andrzejewski (translator)Paperback

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When Sir Richard Burton visited Somalia in 1854, he was immediately impressed by the inhabitant's love of poetry. He reported: The country teems with poets ...the fine ear of this people causes them to take the greatest in harmonious sounds and poetical expressions, where a false quantity or a prosaic phrase excite their violent indignation. The love of poetry among Somalis has continued to this day, the majority of it still in an oral tradition. This sample presents the best of that poetry from the late 19th Century to the present. The poets presented are: Raage Ugaas, Xirsi Garaad Faarax Wiilwaal, Cali Bucu Axmed-Guray Maxamed Cabdille, Faarax Cad, Qawdhan Ducaale, Cali Jaamac Haabiil, Maxamed Cabdille Xasan, Xuseen Maxamuud Faarax, Xuseen Dhigle, Ismaaciil Mire, Saahid Qamaam, Qamaan Bulxan, Nuur Ugaas Rooble, Cilmi Bowndheeri, Faarzx Shuuriye, Cumar Xuseen Ostreeliya, Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil Galaal, Maxamed Good Shimbir, Cali Sugulle, Xasan Sheekh Muumin, Axmed Ismaaciil Diiriye Qaasim, and Maxamed Ibraahiim Hadraawi. There are appendixes covering the oral and written medium, the pronunciation of Somali words, alliteration and scansion, selected bibliography and sources.

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About Author

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.

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Contents

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 OWiilwaalO 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 OXuseen DhiqleO 19 The LionOs 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 OOstreeliyaO 33 Where True Profit Lies 34 In Praise of Weris Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil Galaal 35 The Serpent Axmed Maxamed Good OShimbirO 36 A LoverOs Fears Cali Sugulle 37 A Happy Marriage Xasan Sheekh Muumin 38 The Betrayed Girl Axmed Ismaaciil Diiriye OQaasimO 39 Bitter and Sweet Maxamed Ibraahim OHadraawiO 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

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  • publication date: 01/06/1993
  • ISBN13: 9780253304636
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780253304636
  • weight: 199
  • ISBN10: 0253304636
  • translations: Somali

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