Some Ethiopian Historical Poems
Keywords:Poems, Histoy, Oral History, Tewodros II, Säwa, Amharic, Yohannes IV, Menilek II
It has been common to compose short poems in relation to various memorable events or situations in the lives of Ethiopian rulers. A very few rulers also composed such poems themselves, TéwodrosII being one of them. The poems in this article cover the reigns from TéwodrosII to Hayle-SillaséI (with one brief omission: the rule of Tekle-Gïyorgïs, 1868–1872). Poems of ridicule and blame are as common as poems of praise.
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