From Oral Poetry to Rap in the Faroes

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The purpose of this draft is to show how Faroese verbal art has moved from oral poetry to written and back again to forms of poetry inseparable from oral perfromance. Not that written texts have not always existed in Faroese society or that singing has not always been performed as far as we know. What I will suggest is an idea of a helix movement from the medieval epic ballads which were inseperable from the singing and chain dance over written modern literature to newer forms of verbal art such as pop, rock and rap where the text also is inseperable from the performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Oral Poetry to Rap
Subtitle of host publicationLiteratures of the Polar North
EditorsKaren Langgaard, Kirsten Thisted
Place of PublicationNuuk
PublisherIlisimatusarfik/Forlaget Atuagkat
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9788792554215
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Faroe Islands
  • verbal art
  • oral literature
  • history
  • Faroese literature


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