When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Reǧzit and ʾōdī we-krēm krēm

You have a high opinion of your poetic skill and have elected to compose one of the most socially prestigious yet technically challenging types of poem. You are comfortable with the role of poet as social and political commentator and expect that your poem will be heard by a large audience and circulated accordingly. The next question is a pressing one:

How much time do you and your audience have?

I have to come up with a catchy line, quick!
I’ve got the time to compose a long, coherent poem.

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