Margaret Larkin's Al-Mutanabbi: Voice of the ‘Abbasid Poetic Ideal PDF

By Margaret Larkin

ISBN-10: 1851684069

ISBN-13: 9781851684069

This exhaustive and but captivating research considers the lifestyles and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), frequently considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A progressive at middle and sometimes imprisoned or compelled into exile all through his tumultuous lifestyles, al-Mutanabbi wrote either arguable satires and while hired via one in all his many consumers, laudatory panegyrics. utilising an ornate variety and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi was once one of many first to effectively flow clear of the often inflexible type of Arabic verse, the 'qasida'.

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DEATH OF SAYF AL-DAWLAH’S MOTHER Al-Mutanabbi did not accompany Sayf al-Dawlah when he left Antioch. In the view of Mahmud Shakir, the reason was the ill health of al-Mutanabbi’s pregnant wife, who later died, following a difficult birth (Shakir, 1978, 208). Shakir’s is one of the few attempts to explain, on the basis of his life experiences, the pessimism that pervades al-Mutanabbi’s poetry. qxd 9/14/2007 1:57 PM Page 44 44 AL-MUTANABBI joined his new patron in Aleppo and there recited to him an elegy on the latter’s recently deceased mother.

What religious or philosophical basis he actually offered for this behavior remains unclear. This is not surprising: during the ‘Abbasid era, secretaries had become important patrons of literature and arbiters of taste; some were themselves poets of merit. Understandably, the poems of this period do not have the rebellious voice of the pre-prison pieces. It is not true, however, as some scholars have suggested, that al-Mutanabbi’s personality virtually disappeared from his work, now that he was on good behavior in the hope of attracting a worthy and reliable patron.

DEATH OF SAYF AL-DAWLAH’S MOTHER Al-Mutanabbi did not accompany Sayf al-Dawlah when he left Antioch. In the view of Mahmud Shakir, the reason was the ill health of al-Mutanabbi’s pregnant wife, who later died, following a difficult birth (Shakir, 1978, 208). Shakir’s is one of the few attempts to explain, on the basis of his life experiences, the pessimism that pervades al-Mutanabbi’s poetry. qxd 9/14/2007 1:57 PM Page 44 44 AL-MUTANABBI joined his new patron in Aleppo and there recited to him an elegy on the latter’s recently deceased mother.

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