Sung across the shoulder: Heroic poetry of Illyria

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In the tradition of Francis James Child's collection of British oral poetry in the nineteenth century and Alan Lomax's collection of American folk ballads in the twentieth, this book is an anthology of Albanian oral poetry in translation. It was recorded live, mostly in the presence of the co-translator Gjeke Marinaj, and mostly in the traditional mountain villages of Malesia e Madhe in northern Albania. It was then translated directly from the acoustic recording by Marinaj and Frederick Turner. Turner, the other co-translator, rendered the verse in the same metrical forms as the original. The poems are arranged under the headings: patriotic songs; pastorals; heroic tales; the epic matter of Muji; courtship, flirtation, and love; marriage songs; spells, charms, and games; hymns and rituals; and philosophy. The anthology includes an introductory essay by Turner and a scholarly background essay by Marinaj, with brief biographical sketches of the performers, including photographs.

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