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    "No people in the world manifest such enthusiastic admiration for literary expression and are so moved by the word, spoken or written, as the Arabs. Modern audiences in Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo can be stirred to the highest degree by the recital of poems, only vaguely comprehended, and by the delivery of orations in the classical tongue, though it be only partially understood. The rhythm, the rhyme, the music, produce on them the effect of what they call "lawful magic (sihr halal)."

    ~ ~ Philip K Hitti, History of the Arabs

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    In Al-Mutanabbi section there is 2 poems translated into English
    the first one To Sayf al-Dawla...... is على قدر اهل العزم
    the second one A young soul ......i don't know it ,anyone do???????
    what you shall not give.......i will take-THE GODFATHER,Part3

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    • #3
      Which writer is most recommended?

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        This exhaustive and yet enthralling study considers the life and work of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), often regarded as the greatest of the classical Arab poets. A revolutionary at heart and often imprisoned or forced into exile throughout his tumultuous life, al-Mutanabbi wrote both controversial satires and when employed by one of his many patrons, laudatory panegyrics. Employing an ornate style and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi was one of the first to successfully move away from the traditionally rigid form of Arabic verse, the 'qasida'.

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        • #5


          Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry by Philip F. Kennedy (France)

          Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry by Philip F. Kennedy (U.K.)

          Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry by Philip F. Kennedy (U.S.A.)

          This is the first book to present the life, times, and works of one of the greatest poets in the Arab tradition, Abu Nuwas. Philip Kennedy provides the narrative of the poet's fascinating life, as well as presenting Abu Nuwas's greatest poems in easy and accessible translations.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Al-khiyal View Post
            "No people in the world manifest such enthusiastic admiration for literary expression and are so moved by the word, spoken or written, as the Arabs. Modern audiences in Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo can be stirred to the highest degree by the recital of poems, only vaguely comprehended, and by the delivery of orations in the classical tongue, though it be only partially understood. The rhythm, the rhyme, the music, produce on them the effect of what they call "lawful magic (sihr halal)."

            ~ ~ Philip K Hitti, History of the Arabs
            damn, that's so true...

            sometimes i only catch a verse here and there, and sometimes just one word can move me to tears.... even the lovey dovey stuff, SO raw and intense.

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            • #7

              Since pre-Islamic days poetry has been the mass art form of the Arabic language. In modern times poets in the region have had a greater impact on popular culture than novelists, and there can be no doubt that Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are among the leading poets of the Arab world today. Victims of a Map presents fifteen translated poems by each poet. It includes thirteen poems by Darwish never before published in book form, even in Arabic, and a long work by Adonis written during the 1982 siege of Beirut, also published here for the first time.

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              • #8
                [....]

                Partage avec moi le café du matin,
                et ne t'ensevelis pas dans la noire tristesse
                de l'irrésolution !

                Je suis ton voisin, ô Dame mienne,
                et les collines elles-mêmes prenent des nouvelles
                de leurs voisines.

                Qui suis-je ? ..... Laisse de côté
                les questions. Je suis
                une esquisse ?* la recherche ds couleurs
                qui la feront exister ...


                (Nizar Qabbani)

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