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example 5-6. Sample of Yugoslav epic song, from Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord, Serbo Croatian Heroic Songs, vol. 1 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1954), p. 440.
But near the beginning of a song or an episode (usually preceded by introductions played on the gusle) the rhythm varies more, the first note of each line is elongated, and the singing has an even more dra­matic character than it does in the remainder of the song.
Finally, we should point out that regional and individual styles of singing are very highly developed in Yugoslav epic poetry. Two singers will sing the same song with many points of difference. Al­bert Lord narrates an incident of great interest which affords unusual insight into the relationship of tradition and individual creativity:
When [the epic collector and scholar Milman] Parry was working with the most talented Yugoslav singer in our experience, Avdo

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