ISBN 9788888934471
Pages 286
Dimensions 297 x 210 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Ponte Invisible (Redsea Cultural Foundation) , Somaliland
Format Paperback

Coming of Age

An Introduction to Somali Metrics

by Farah Gamute

In this well researched study, Farah A Gamuute reveals the various uses of the metrical unit in Somali Poetry and the interaction between the metrical unit, music and the language. 64 genres or measures were identified and fully analysed; the number of genres possible in Somali poetry is still being counted and three new genres have been identified while awaiting publication of this volume.

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"In this well researched study, Farah A Gamuute reveals the various uses of the metrical unit in Somali Poetry, and goes even further to elucidate the brilliant interaction between the metrical unit, music and the language. A highly significant contribution in this field of literature... A must-read for all those interested in Somali poetry" 

Dr. Jama Musse Jama, Director of Hargeysa Cultural Centre.
About the Author

Farah Gamute

Born in 1953, and graduated from the Somali National University, with a BA degree from the Faculty of Education, Lafole, Farah Ahmed Ali 'Gamute' is a Somali scholar actively engaged the promotion of the Somali language and its literature. He is a poet and short story writer, whose most recent work "Coming of Age: An Introduction to Somali Metrics" is published by Ponte Invisibile, a Redsea Cultural Foundation publishing company. Many of his short stories and poems appeared in Somali magazines and websites, notably in the reputable Somali portal 'Wardheer News'. Farah Gamute is actively involved with the two highly popular cultural events, Hargeysa International Book Fair and London's Somali Week Festival. He is a resident of Edmonton, Canada, and currently works as an independent researcher in Somali Poetics. 

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