When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Multiline Monothematic (Hemistich Sentimental)

You have an emotional need that requires expression, and poetry is how you go about doing so. You’re not necessarily a famous poet or social notable; poetry is simply how you communicate sentiment. You’ve grown up in a society suffused with poetic expression so you’ve imbibed its traditions through osmosis. You know how to reshuffle and adjust its motifs and formulas to develop a personalized expression. At the same time, you may lack the intimacy with the tradition needed to elaborate on your feelings with nuance and originality. You simply have a strong feeling, so you’ll say it in verse.

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