When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

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You’re a top rated poet and people look to you for political leadership and social guidance. You are a highly skilled poet and are deeply familiar with the tropes and formulas of the poetic tradition; you and your poems embody the pedigreed lineage of Mahri poetics. You are aware of the fact that people listen to what you have to say and you must therefore weigh your words appropriately in order to achieve an effect that is moving and sonorous and that speaks to a communal history.  You’re addressing an issue with potentially serious consequences, so you’ll take your time while formulating this poem.

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