When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Sentimental Dāndān

You are a well-regarded poet and are happy to have your works publicly circulated, preferably at convivial and informal gatherings. You are not shy about expressing sentiment: although your poems express personal matters, they are meant for a public audience. Melody plays an important role in helping you to compose your poems: it serves as the structure over which your ideas are draped. Poetry is a pleasurable and sociable pastime; you don’t get overly worked up over formality, innovation, and aesthetic perfection.   

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Here is an example of a multiline, sentimental dāndān (dāndān laylī):

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