Poetry was the greatest mental activity of the Arabs and the summit of their artistic attainments. The Arab poet was not a narrator. He was a master of brevity, a magician of rhythm and words. The poet was like a prophet: often the priest, the soothsayer and the leader of the clan. There was a category of poets called " vagabonds ", who were outlaws, unable to fit into their particular tribal organization owing, for example, to the obscurity of their origin of birth, as in the case of al-Shanfarā, who grew up among an enemy clan and turned against them. With regard to metre and rhyme, pre-Islamic verse can be divided in two ways. According to metre, it has two sub-classifications, rajaz and qaşīd. According to rhyme, it has three subclassifications: ode or qaşīdah, short piece or qiţ'ah, and musammatah. The standard pattern of the qaşīdah consists of three sections, such as nasīb, tashbīb, ghazal.