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Title:Hasidi Haizi: a lovers' tiff
Authors:Omar, Yahya AliISNI
Frankl, P.J.L.ISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:East Africa
Swahili language
Abstract:This article describes 'dialogue verses' in Swahili poetry and analyses an example, 'Hasidi Haizi', an anonymous poem. Dialogue verses in Swahili are known as 'mashairi ya kujibizana', or n'yimbo za kujibizana', 'dialogue songs'. Several kinds can be distinguished: dialogues between two lovers, joking dialogues between two friends, dialogues taking the form of a competition, dialogues between three or more participants, and dialogues of enmity. The four stanzas of 'Hasidi Haizi' concern a quarrel between two lovers. In the opening stanza the first of the two partners declares that their amorous relationship should continue despite some unspecified misdemeanour. The remaining stanzas contain the partner's reply - the relationship is at an end. Bibliogr., note.