By Philip F. Kennedy
Classical Arab civilization produced the main huge and hugely built bacchic culture in international literature, during this booklet, Kennedy lines the historical past of wine poetry from its origins in 6th century Arabia to its heyday in Baghdad on the flip of the 9th century. He focusses at the paintings of the nice Ab=u Nuw=as (d. c.813), putting his wine songs in context with these of his contemporaries and with different poetic genres corresponding to amatory, invective, ascetic, and gnomic verse.
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