Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE

Get access

Poetry in Southeast Asia
(2,474 words)

Traditional forms of poetry in insular Southeast Asia are known in hundreds of languages and are both oral and written. Most of those languages have extensive oral poetic traditions, including such forms as riddles, proverbs, spells, and lyrical prose (Brakel; Kemp). Only a few, however, have longstanding written literatures: Malay, a supraregional language that be…

Cite this page
Wieringa, Edwin P., “Poetry in Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_46218>
First print edition: , , 2023-1

▲   Back to top   ▲