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Early Tahitian Poetics

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.

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David Meyer, Spanish Fork, Utah, USA.

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Audience: Researchers and Students with an Interest in Poetics, Oral Traditions, and Polynesian Languages and Literatures.