Poetry and Politics in a Transylvanian Village

  title={Poetry and Politics in a Transylvanian Village},
  author={Gail Kligman},
This paper examines the differential symbolic manipulation of traditional poetic forms for purposes of proand anti-communist commentary. Data were collected in 1978-79 in a semi-cooperativized village in northern Transylvania. Rhymed couplets, traditional and improvised, generally constitute the primary mode of communication during ritual occasions. Though their content is seemingly determined by the event, they also point to loci of transcendent social concern, providing a forum for the… CONTINUE READING