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An Introduction To Arab Poetics

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Poetry is the quintessence of Arab culture. Adonis,a leading Arab poet and scholar re-interprets this rich and ancient heritage.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Saqi Books (first published January 1991)
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Amazing analysis of the function, form and place of oral poetics in communal spaces. Crystalline and lyric description of Adonis' views of Arab 'modernism'--accomplished via a wonderful rendering of the techniques of French Symbolists. Pleasurable, informative and revolutionary. One of the best books of poetic form and theory I've ever read.
Jafer Martin
This an excellent excellent "concise" take on Arabic poetics. Its not overly technical and based off his lectures.
Michael Julian
This is a great introduction not only to Arab poetics, but to Arabic literary criticism and history as well. Adonis first starts with an overview of pre-Islamic poetry, then goes on to discuss the influence of the Quaran on Arab poetry. There is then a fantastic chapter about poetry and thought which is a fantastic treatise on poetry in general. The collection ends with Arab poetics and modernity where Adonis comments both on contemporary Arab poetry but politics as well. Highly recommend.
I think to many westerners like myself the very notion of modernity in any aspect of Arab culture is inseparable from the ascendency of radical Islam. So while I'm grateful this book was written in 1985 for the historical perspective it provides, I'm obviously skeptical how many of its premises have held up through the transformation of the intervening 30 years of geopolitics. But Adonis' is a meaningful voice in this discussion and I look forward to reading more of him.
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Superb writing on Arab poetic , another way to look at traditional poetic , exploration of voiceless voices , questioning of traditional forms of poem as they were oral forms. It's good to read
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Adonis was born Ali Ahmed Said in the village of Al Qassabin in Syria, in 1930, to a family of farmers, the oldest of six children. At the age of nineteen, he adopted the name Adonis (also spelled Adunis), after the Greek god of fertility, with the hopes that the new name would result in newspaper publication of his poems.

Although his family could not afford to send Adonis to school, his father ta...more
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