When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra


You’ve opted to compose a quick couplet in aesthetically challenging—and prestigious—tristich (three-part) lines. This is the typical mode of versified conversations between poets, occurring face to face or transmitted over a distance. Because these couplets are exchanged as dialogue, there is an expectation of rapid composition (turnaround time), or even extemporaneous composition at public celebrations. The next question concerns the complexity of versified conversation you’ll be involved with:

Will anyone be joining you?

No; it’ll just be me.
Yes; it’s a group effort.

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