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    DescriptionThe Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland is a book and epic poem which the Finn Elias Lonnrot compiled from Finnish and Karelian folklore in the 19th century. It is held to be the national epic of Finland and is traditionally thought of as one of the most significant works of Finnish language literature. Karelians in the Republic of Karelia and other Balto-Finnic speakers also value the work. The Kalevala is credited with some of the inspiration for the national awakening that ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. The name can be interpreted as the "lands of Kaleva." The epic consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty cantos or "chapters." Finnish folk poetry was first written down in the 1670s, followed by a few collectors during the next centuries. The poetry was usually sung to tunes built on a pentachord, sometimes assisted by the kantele (a kind of five-string zither). The rhythm could vary but the tunes were arranged in either two or four lines consisting of five beats each. Sometimes the poems were performed antiphonally, sometimes they were a part of a "singing-match" between knowers of the tradition.


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    Title
    The Kalevala
    Subtitle
    The Epic Poem of Finland (Dodo Press)
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by John Martin Crawford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 588
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781409906056
    ISBN 10: 1409906051
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 640
    Abridged Dewey: 811
    BISAC V2.8: POE000000
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Dodo Press
    Imprint name
    Dodo Press
    Publication date
    25 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Gloucester