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Title:Carried by a mystic wind: B.W. Andrzejewski on the Somali passion for poetry and language
Editors:Andrzejewski, B.W.ISNI
Finnegan, RuthISNI
Furniss, GrahamISNI
Orwin, MartinISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:oral poetry
collected works (form)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjac20/23/1
Abstract:This special issue explores and documents the love of poetry and language that has in one form or another underpinned Somali culture for at least a century and a half, by bringing together for the first time a selection of key papers by the distinguished Polish linguist and literary scholar B.W. Andrzejewski (1922-1994). In the papers, published earlier between 1963 and 1992, Andrzejewski not only discusses Somali oral poetry - 'carried by a mystic wind' in the Somali image - but also more recent developments in drama and novels, the latter being one of the fruits of the rapid take-off of the written script after 1972. [ASC Leiden abstract]