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Cherokee Formula Poems Cherokee formula poems were considered to be useful to a persons life They were meant to make a persons life easier by making another person fall in love with them or to a certain extent to kill someone else Obviously the person with the misfortune to die due to a formula poem was not on the easy side of the poem What is very surprising is that the Cherokees believed that these things would really happen to someone else Of course they were not as evolved scientifically as we are today so this was a way of life for them I can only wonder what the rules to using a formula poem against someone else were because by nature of human beings someone is bound to get greedy and start saying formula poems left and right An excellent example of a formula poem is Formula to Cause Death This poem has examples of repetition it has blanks to include names and also tells us much about the culture of the Cherokees The role of repetition in the poem Formula to Cause Death is very important because it makes the reader of the poem to put emphasis on those parts For example Your spittle I have put at rest under the earth Your soul I have put at rest under the earth 100 These two lines clearly indicate the reader what the formula poem is going to cause without reading the title death Another important part of repetition is that it makes the reader of the poem put their mind and heart on those parts as to show that they mean to cause the unfortunate death of someone that they might think is in their way I think that a formula poem as severe as this one should repeat the name of the person more often than just one time If someone is going to the extreme as to kill someone then
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