Ambiguous and Hybrid Oral Poetics: Registers of Expression and Layers of Belief in Western Finland (1564–1900)
I examine the associations and interpretive frameworks conveyed by song languages and performance practices in historical speech communities. The core material consists of songs and poems recorded or published in western Finland. In collaboration with other researchers, these are set into wider comparative perspectives.
The data covering various genres and spanning over three hundred years gives good possibilities to analyse historical changes. What were the relationships, amalgamations and uses of the old oral idiom, emergent rhymed folksongs, learned literary poems and Lutheran hymns? It seems probable that the spectrum of poetic registers and the associations carried by these was wider than has been thought, and that the relationships between poetics and layers of belief were far more complex.
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