Tahiti has a rich history of oral tradition. EArly visitors to the island transcribed recitations of myth, battle address, and land description. UNtil now their poetic organization has remained unexplored. FRom a computationally assisted analysis, this book describes early use of meter and parallelism and speculates on manner of composition. IT sheds light on a poetic style unanticipated for Polynesia and remarkable among world poetries.