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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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Of Loose Verse and Masculine Beauty

Of Loose Verse and Masculine Beauty

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(p.140) 12 Of Loose Verse and Masculine Beauty
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Exploring Arab Folk Literature
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Pierre Cachia

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0012

This chapter discusses another verse form that is employed for narrative purposes. This verse form is created by singing to a repetitive tune of mono-rhyme stanzas usually consisting of three lines, but sometimes stretching to four or five if the performer needs space to round off the information he wants to convey. A slight elaboration of this strophic arrangement is the expansion of the tercets by the addition of a fourth line with a distinctive rhyme shared by the closing line of what are now quatrains. They sometimes amount to assonance, for if the final syllable of the line has a long vowel, the accompanying consonants may differ, and there are occasionally lines that do not rhyme at all. As for the storyline, they are sometimes jumbled and one result of this is that the chorus's commentary is not always synchronised with the sequence of events.

Keywords:   verse forms, mawwāl, mono-rhyme stanzas, tercets, assonance, strophic arrangement

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