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FYI: decima

Postby KarenS » Fri May 26, 2006 6:31 am

From "One of the mainstays of traditional Puerto Rican culture is the decima, an improvised 10-line poem accompanied by a five-stringed guitar called a cuatro. Created in Spain and practiced throughout Latin America, the décima was cultivated by Puerto Rico's mountain-dwelling jíbaro people; troubadours roamed the hillsides, singing poems organized around strict rhyme schemes. Today décima practitioners compose their rhymes on the fly and -- accompanied by the cuatro -- sing of love, beauty, and the Puerto Rican countryside."
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