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Poetry and prose are represented in the form of the plays, dramatic poems, proverbs, sayings, stories, lectures, and songs. Poets are highly respected personalities, due to the influence they have on the people. Poetry holds considerable sway on politics and sometimes becomes instigation for bitter blood feuds. At the same time, poetry also plays an important role in peace making between clans and for communicating important messages for social change to the people.

As language is a major factor of homogeneity of the Somalis, it also plays a vital part in their daily lives. Poetry is used for rituals of daily life such as entertainment, marriages, settlement of conflicts, condolences, and providing motivation to become a better person.

References:

  • Diriye Abdullahi, Mohamed. 2000. Le Somali, dialectes et histoire, PH.D. Dissertation, Université de Montréal

  • Saeed, John Ibrahim. Somali Reference Grammar. Springfield, VA: Dunwoody Press, 1993. (ISBN 0931745977)

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