Early Tahitian Poetics
Series:Pacific Linguistics [PL] 641
Aims and Scope
Tahiti has a rich history of oral tradition. Early visitors to the island transcribed recitations of myth, battle address, and land description. Until now their poetic organization has remained unexplored. From a computationally assisted analysis, this book describes early use of meter and parallelism and speculates on manner of composition. It sheds light on a poetic style unanticipated for Polynesia and remarkable among world poetries.
- xv, 446 pages
- Type of Publication:
- Poetics; Oral Tradition; Polynesian Languages and Literature.