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VI. Marathi Region: The Ovi

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Indian Poetry

Regional Verse

 

18. Ovi is commonly known as 12th century folk-songs of the Maranthi Region of India which expressed love, social irony and heroic events.

Tukaram, a 17th Century Maranthi Poet wrote:

Because I could not lie
I named my dog "God".
Startled at first,
Soon he was smiling
Then dancing!
Now he won't even bite.
Do you suppose this might work
On people, too?

The Ovi is:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  2. syllabic, 8-8-8-(less than 8 ) syllables
  3. rhymed, with L1, L2, L3 mono-rhymed L4 unrhymed. aaax, x being unrhymed

    Roly Poly by Judi Van Gorder

    The big toothed tot with golden hair
    picked up a bug on Sister's dare,
    it rolled into a ball right there
    and won her springtime heart.

Regional Verse Forms

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