Early Tahitian Poetics

(Pacific Linguistics [PL], Band 641)

5834e304641b5.jpeg Author David Meyer
Isbn 9781614515258
File size 2MB
Year 2013
Pages 446
Language English
File format PDF
Category Poetry

Book Description:

Tahiti has a rich history of oral tradition. Early visitors to the island transcribed recitations of myth, battle address, and land description. Until now their poetic organization has remained unexplored. From a computationally assisted analysis, this book describes early use of meter and parallelism and speculates on manner of composition. It sheds light on a poetic style unanticipated for Polynesia and remarkable among world poetries.

 

 

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