Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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INTRODUCTION
approximating communal authorship a mass of verse embodying tribal memories, ancestral superstitions, and racial wisdom handed down from generation to generation through oral tradition. These are gen­uine folk-songs—lyrics, ballads, rhymes—in which are crystallized the thought and feeling, the uni­versally shared lore of a folk. Recent theorizers on poetic origins who would insist upon individual as opposed to community authorship of certain types of song-narrative might do w7ell to consider Professor Talley's characteristic study. And stu­dents of comparative literature who love to recreate the life of a tribe or nation from its song and story will discover in this collection a mine of interesting material.
Fisk University, the center of Negro culture in America, is to be congratulated upon having initi­ated the gathering and preservation of these relics, a valuable heritage from the past. Just how impor­tant for literature this heritage may prove to be will not appear until this institution—and others with like purposes—has fully developed by cul­tivation, training, and careful fostering the artistic impulses so abundantly a part of the Negro char­acter. A race which has produced, under the most disheartening conditions, a mass of folk-poetry such
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