n Amazigh/Berber's existence revolves around the concept of freedom, central to Amazighs all over the world, and has influenced the Amazigh cultural heritage throughout history. Free to roam the heavens of love, life, nature and reflect up on their sensible interactions with the soul of a human being seeking purity and nobility in the most simple and pure forms unmatched by any other form of poetry.
In a subtle contrast to other poetic substance in English, French, and Arabic, Amazigh poetry views all emotional unraveling as inspirations driven by "Tassa" (liver) the nerve center of emotions. "Badad" (love) is felt by Tassa before "Woul" (heart) intervenes to rationalize its merits.

In the Amazigh poetry, Tassa is the world where poetic exaltations take shape before they are passed on to Woul or the heart to make sense of them and decide on their rationality. Woul has the burden to wage a war on behalf of everything felt by Tassa. Woul is the protector , the defender, the symbol of wisdom, and when Woul fails to bring Tassa to some closure, Tassa falls apart and goes into emotional disarray. This extends to heated dialogues between a poet, their feelings, their relevant environment and the polarizing forces of existence in a transitive form consistent with choice and reflective of the concept of freedom.

This example illustrates some of that: "Rebbi ya badad mani lafout na dik Ghir, awa tenna dik ghir!" source of the verse is unknown and translates into: "O love, what mistake have I made to merit your curse!" The poet gives life to the word "love" a ubiquitous role and attempts to sort its impact on everything he lives, breaths and senses.


This section is dedicated to Amazigh poetry. Coming soon, an anthropological study of some of my favorite Amazigh verses.

Said Leghlid




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