Arabic Poems

Arabic Poems


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The Arabic poetic legacy is as vast as it is deep, spanning a period of fifteen centuries in regions from Morocco to Iraq. As a unifying principle, editor Marle Hammond has selected eighty poems reflecting desire and longing of various kinds: for the beloved, for the divine, for the homeland, and for change and renewal. Poets include the legendary pre-Islamic warrior 'Antara Ibn Shaddad, medieval Andalusian poet Ibn Zaydun, the wandering poet Al-A'sha, and the influential Egyptian Romantic Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi. Here too are literary giants of the past century: Khalil Jibran, author of the bestselling The Prophet; popular Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani; Palestinian feminist Fadwa Tuqan; Mahmoud Darwish, bard of occupation and exile; acclaimed iconoclast Adonis, and more. In their evocations of heroism, nostalgia, mysticism, grief, and passion, the poems gathered here transcend the limitations of time and place.

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Editor Biography: Marle Hammond is Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature and Culture at SOAS, University of London.

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/06/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781841597980
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781841597980
  • weight: 252
  • ISBN10: 1841597988
  • translations: Arabic

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