When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Strophic Songs

You’ve decided to compose a strophic song: short, lyric lines of monorhymed verse punctuated by a refrain.  However, the dissemination of cultural forms from Ḥaḍramawt, Oman, and elsewhere in the Arab world means that you have more options than your predecessors.  Will you compose an old-fashioned work song or a modern strophic song imitative of cosmopolitan sung-poetry?

Are you a traditionalist or do you belong to the avant-garde?

I have traditional tastes in poetry.
I like to experiment with poetry.

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