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A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry - M. M. Badawi

A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry

Paperback Published: 29th March 1976
ISBN: 9780521290234
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book is the first critical survey of the development and achievements of 'modern' Arabic poetry, here signifying the period from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the present day. It ranges over the entire Arabic-speaking world and includes a discussion of the work of poets who emigrated to the United States and Latin America. Four main stages are examined in the development of a specifically modern Arabic poetry: the 'neoclassical', in which poets turned to their literary heritage for their ideals and inspiration; the pre-romantic', which was marked by a tension between a modified classical style and new romantic sentiments, itself the reflection of a wider cultural movement towards change and modernization; the 'romantic', in which the tensions between form and content were resolved, and a lyricism and simplicity of language become the norm; and the 'modern' or 'contemporary' which is typified by a reaction against romanticism, and dominated by either committed social realism or symbolism and surrealism. In the absence of any similar published work in a European language, the book, as well as being designed for students of Arabic literature and of comparative literature, will also be of interest to the general reader. No knowledge of Arabic is presupposed: all the verse (newly translated by the author) is given in English translation, and technical terminology has been reduced to a minimum.

Prefacep. ix
A note on transliteration and verse translationsp. xi
Introductoryp. 1
Neoclassicismp. 14
Barudip. 16
Shauqip. 29
Hafiz Ibrahimp. 42
Zahawip. 47
Rusafip. 55
Jawahirip. 62
The pre-romanticsp. 68
Mutranp. 68
The Diwan Groupp. 84
Shukrip. 92
Mazinip. 105
'Aqqadp. 109
The romanticsp. 115
Abu Shadi and the Apollo Groupp. 116
Najip. 129
Tahap. 137
Abu Shabakap. 145
Shabbip. 157
Tijanip. 168
Abu Rishap. 172
The emigrant poetsp. 179
In the United Statesp. 181
In Latin Americap. 196
Mahjar poetry and romantic poetryp. 202
The recoil from romanticismp. 204
The general backgroundp. 204
Bayyati and the committed poetsp. 210
Experiments in formp. 223
Adunis and the New Poetryp. 231
Khal and Hawip. 241
Sayyabp. 250
General remarks on the contemporary poetsp. 258
Epiloguep. 261
Notesp. 266
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780521290234
ISBN-10: 0521290236
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th March 1976
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5