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CLT 533:       ORAL POETRY

Oral poetry in the context of oral literature.   Theoretical frameworks in oral literature.   Oral poetry: song, recital and chant. Solo and chorus. Categories of oral poetry in terms of occasion: wedding songs, dirges, naming ceremony songs, and work songs. Rhythmical structure. Comparison between oral and written poetry. Aesthetic dimensions of oral poetry. Genres of oral poetry. Categories of oral poetry in terms of function: praise, instruction and satire. Praise poetry: persons, heroic exploits and events and environment. The epic: structure and style. Relationship between oral poetry and culture: social concerns of popular oral poetry. Methodological issues in oral poetry field research. Fieldwork project.