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1. Of or characteristic of folk music, art, or literature.
2. Simple or natural; folksy: charmed us with his folkish wit and humor.

folk′ish·ly adv.
folk′ish·ness n.
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The upwelling of American folkishness in the '30s and '40s was mostly a symptom of the period's fierce nationalism.
This chapter also deconstructs some of the stylistic elements, from the use of multiple stops and open strings on the violin, that Bartok used to express folkishness and that critic Aladar Toth heard as natural, "a miracle of intuition," when in fact they were a product of "consummate modern technique" (p.
The author makes it clear that the poetry of griots who included Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, and Sterling Brown crystallized the ideological project to recast "the identities of America's anonymous black masses away from the prevailing imagery of exoticism, romantic folkishness, and minstrel show buffoonery and toward a greater semblance of living, breathing, and proletarian human beings" (178).