Their nomadic lifestyle creates a need for an oral culture which lends itself to poetry over other forms of literature. The rhythm helps to make the poetry easier to recall. Poems are self preserved within the mind.
Pre Islamic Poetry
ode or poem, has 3 parts
seven long Arabic qasida that have come down from the time before Islam
eulogy, someone who has passed away
criticising or attacking someone
praise (of tribe or person)
Markers of a nasib
ruined abodes, names and locations, mood (melancholy), lost love or lover, questions, departure of women
a poet (first poem)
a poet (second poem)
queen, the wife
Orality and cultural importance
spoken word, many could not read and/or write.