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From Puerto Rico, con amor

A traditional style of poetry provides the heart and soul for Saturday's celebration of the island's art and music

By Caitlin O'Neil
Globe Correspondent / May 25, 2006

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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 ... (Full article: 593 words)

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