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Bosniak Lyric and Epic Poetry
Bosniak Lyric and Epic Poetry

Author(s): Enes Kujundžić
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: J.U. Javna biblioteka »Alija Isaković«, Gradačac
Keywords: literary study; bosniak's folk literature; lyrical oral epics; sevdalinka (love song); ballad

Summary/Abstract: Text is selected from book “Bosniak's folk literature” in which you have all history Bosniak's oral poetry. In this selected texts, author gave basic characteristices and forms of oral lyric epic by Bosniaks, special view on love songs (sevdalinka) i ballads. The most popular lyric song (sevdalinka) is relative with urban society in Turk's period of Bosnia, and has form local chronicle about prettiness of young girls and youths and theirs loves. City life and „sohbetska“ gahterings were in contrast with socialy canons of precisle behavior what lead to development of lyrices full of a longing, expectations and secret hopes. Ballad is a form of oral narrative poem with Islam's influence on Old-Bosnian's base in decasyllable, symmetrical or unsymmetrical octosyllabic verse and 13-syllable verse. Its consist of dramatic component, and in centar is conflict between main protagonists and environment with ideala of heroes what lead to tragic end, as in ballad Hasanaganica. Milman Perry and Albert Bates Lord from Harvad University collected traditional epics Bosnian's Muslims from Sandžak – oral songs and singing as their important characteristice, and compared it with antic Greece oral songs – Homer's epics. The most discovery was folksong singer ,who plays the gusle, Avdo Međedović from Bijelo Polje , who composed epos Marriage of Smailagića Mehe which contained 12.311 versus.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 35-50
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English