When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Multiline Polythematic (Tristich)

You’re a ranking social and political personage in al-Mahra and poetry is an important tool for weighing in on public matters. You are familiar with the tropes and formulas of traditional poetry and recognize the power of poetic expression. You style yourself a capable wordsmith, even though you may approach the composition of poetry from a utilitarian standpoint.  

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Here is an example of a genre unmarked, tristich poem:

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