The Composition of Mutanabbī's Panegyrics to Sayf Al-Dawla
The purpose of this study is to identify and describe recurrent patterns of composition in the twenty two major panegyrics Mutanabb? wrote to Sayf al-Dawla during his stay at the ?amd?nid court in Aleppo between 337/948 and 345/956. It discusses the types of utterance used in endings and in cadential lines before definable internal boundaries, the organising conventions of the passages that lead into and out of chronicles of military campaigns, the non-random placement of certain crescendo motifs, various means of local organisation in poems without events, etc. It also considers brief differences in technique between the Aleppo period and Mutanabb?'s earlier and later work, and casts a glance at possible predecessors. Based on a sizable and coherent sample of poetry, this study demonstrates that compositional rules and predilections played a pervasive role in Mutanabb?'s writing in the years when his career was at its height.
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Abu Wa3il al-Hadath Aleppo anaphora ancestry ANDRAS HAMORI Arabic Literature Arabic Poetry Arabic text army ayyam battle Blachere Byzantines cadence conditional cadence gnomic cadential Caliph calque campaign cavalry clausula closure coda codal conditional sentence crescendo motifs dahr discussed disengagement distinct Domesticus ego-passage enemy event example exclamation followed generosity glory gnome gnomic lines gnomic statement gnomic verse grammatical habitual half-lines Hamdanid head hija3 horses interrogative introduces ISBN 90 isocola isocolon Kacb kings lion manaya Marcash metaphor Mutanabbi Nabigha narrative nasib panegyrics passage patron pattern perfect verb perhaps person singular plural poem poet poet's poetry praise pre-Aleppo preceded prince prince's reference rhetorical sacd sample Sayf al-Dawla sayftyat Scheindlin spears specific matter structure sword syntactic takhallus taqsim Text 16 Text 20 Text 9 thematic theme unmarked verb of motion Y II Yaziji