Epic Poetry in Swahili: And Other African Languages

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Brill Archive, 1983 - English poetry - 171 pages
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Contents

The Swahili Epic
47
The Hero and the Heroic in Swahili Epic Poetry
58
Themes and Scenes in Swahili Epic Verse
74
The Structure of the Swahili Epic
75
The Opening of the Utenzi
77
Gabriel
78
The Infidel Tyrant
80
The Exchange of Letters
82
The Duel or Combat a Deux
92
The Battle Scenes
94
Praises for the Hero
103
The Final Battle
106
The Villains Vilifications
109
The Prophet Prays
113
The Theme of the Talisman
116
Alis Wrath
117

The Villain
83
Gods Intervention
84
The Call to Prayers and to War
85
The Arrival and Review of the Troops
87
The Pennants on the Lances
89
The Theme ofSafari
90
The Encounter of the Champions
119
The Final Battle
122
The Formula in the Swahili Epic
129
The Utenzi Tradition of Liongo
142
Notes
169
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