Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition by Muhsin J. al-Musawi

By Muhsin J. al-Musawi

Because the past due Nineteen Forties, Arabic poetry has spoken for an Arab sense of right and wrong, up to it has debated positions and ideologies, nationally and all over the world. This ebook tackles problems with modernity and culture in Arabic poetry as manifested in poetic texts and feedback via poets as contributors in transformation and alter. It stories the poetic in its complexity, relating to problems with selfhood, individuality, group, faith, ideology, kingdom, type and gender. Al-Musawi also explores in context concerns which were cursorily spotted or overlooked, like Shi’i poetics, Sufism, women’s poetry, and expressions of exilic attention. Arabic Poetry employs present literary conception and gives accomplished insurance of contemporary and post-modern poetry from the Fifties onwards, making it crucial analyzing for people with pursuits in Arabic tradition and literature and center East stories.

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These issues were as real then in the poetic practice itself as they were in Arab life and culture. The modernist drive in the late 1940s to implicate the poetic into common life beyond the nineteenth-century revivalist rhetorical grandeur was part of a broad social and political consciousness, but critics and poets were so prompted and overwhelmed by immediacy that they abandoned the need for a thorough critique to account 11 POETIC TRAJECTORIES: CRITICAL INTRODUCTION for post-Second World War consciousness and its manifestations in poetry, narrative, drama, and the plastic arts.

67 The personal in Ibn ‘Arabl’s poetry, for instance, defied expectations and raised objections to his seeming infatuations. ammad Bennls finds Abn Tammmm no less effective than Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Malarmé, and Arthur Rimbaud, in drawing his attention to the need to dig deep into the meaning of words. That was during the formative years 1965–1968 (Ibid. 16). While specifying affiliations, the poet is keen on establishing a poetic lineage whose markers negate the historical to move towards constants that are spatial and poetical.

57). 17 POETIC TRAJECTORIES: CRITICAL INTRODUCTION She realized the significance of this grounding, not only to benefit from Arabic prosody, rhetoric, and the art of poetry, but also to establish the right relationship with tradition, “. . studying and memorizing thousands of lines of ancient Arabic poetry cleansed my soul from the torment of mulling over my feelings of self-pity and injustice” (Ibid. 63). This objectifying process complicates matters as much as it seemingly solves them. It counteracts a romantic recoil, but it also brings about a Keatsian negative capability, or in the words of Geoffrey H.

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