"Composing, reciting and improvising poetry is a common practice in the Ethiopian countryside where an Amharic-based political communication culture provides a sophisticated medium for expressing intricate ideas. Among the most interesting features of the Amharic language, which is known for its poetic encoding of dissent, is its ambiguity. The passion for speculative allusions and double-talk can be seen as a central characteristic of the Ethiopian peasant culture which plays with innuendo and hidden meanings, without transgressing the boundaries of formal norms for polite communication.
An investigation of Ethiopia's recent agrarian reforms as reflected in Amharic oral poetry represents an innovative approach which has yielded fascinating insights.
Taking Yetnora Agriculutural Producers' Cooperative as an example, Getie Gelaye provides a most informed and convincing account of peasant attitudes as reflected in oral poetry."
Professor Stefan Brune, German Overseas Institute, Hamburg
|Peppercorn Book Number: 412-0002|
|Publisher: Transaction Publishers|
|Illustrated: b&w photos|
|Language: English, Amharic|
|Place of Publication: Piscataway, NJ, USA|
|Year of Publication: 2000|
|Size: 6.25 x 8.75 inches, portrait|
|Length: 208 pages|