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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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Karam il-Yatīm: A Translation of an Egyptian Folk Ballad

Karam il-Yatīm: A Translation of an Egyptian Folk Ballad

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Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides a translation of Karam il-Yatīm, a form of an Egyptian folk ballad. The translation in this chapter is one of the four songs sung by Yūsuf Šitā, recorded on commercially produced cassettes. Being characteristic of Egyptian narrative folksongs, this chapter examines the poet's concern with devising polysyllabic paronomasias, as well as his way of unfolding the stages of the narrative.

Keywords:   Karam il-Yatīm, Egyptian folk ballad, Yūsuf Šitā, narrative folksongs, polysyllabic paronomasias

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