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Mannerism in Arabic Poetry
A Structural Analysis of Selected Texts (3rd Century AH/9th Century AD – 5th Century AH/11th Century AD)


Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522922

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  • This book attempts to identify elements of mannerism and classicism in medieval Arabic poetry. Mannerism in Arabic has usually been linked with the appearance of an ornate rhetorical style called badi which became characteristic of poetry and prose from the fifth century AH/ninth century AD onwards. This study, however, is not so much concerned with the discussion of rhetorical devices as manifest in selected passages and individual lines of poetry; rather, it seeks to attain its objective through a structuralist analysis of complete poems. After the formulation of a hypothesis on the structural coherence of a cardinal form of poetic expression, the panegyric, structuralist analyses of selected poems from the medieval era follow, and the final chapter describes mannerism and classicism as contrasting styles in which the individual poem relates in fundamentally different ways to the literary convention from which it arises and the subject matter it portrays.

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522922
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Islamic panegyric
    2. Buhturi
    3. Mihyar al-Daylami
    4. Abu l-'Atahiya
    5. Ma'arri
    6. Mannerism
    Glossary of Arabic technical terms

  • Author

    Stefan Sperl

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