Metaphor and Imagery in Persian Poetry

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Ali Asghar Seyed-Gohrab
BRILL, Oct 14, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
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This volume is a collection of essays on classical Persian literature, focusing on Persian rhetorical devices, especially imagery and metaphors. The various contributions discuss the origin and the development of debate poetry, the transmission of Persian and Arabic tales to the works of Europeans medieval authors such as Boccaccio and Chaucer, but also the development of Aristotelian poetics and epistemology in Persian philosophical tradition. Furthermore, the baroque style of the Shiite author usayn V i K shif, the use of wine metaphors by mystics such as Jal l al-D n R m, fi 's original use of candle metaphors, the translation of Khayy m 's metaphors into English, and the importance of a single metaphor in the epic Barz -n ma are discussed.Contributors include: J. Landau, Ch. van Ruymbeke, A.A. Seyed-Gohrab, N. Pourjavady, F.D. Lewis, A. Sedighi, G.R. van den Berg, S. Sharma, F. Abdullaeva.
 

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Contents

Persian Rhetorical Figures
1
Nasīr alDīn Tūsī and Poetic Imagination in the Arabic and Persian Philosophical Tradition
15
The Energising Trope
67
The Masterful Variations on Candle Metaphors in the Poetry of Hāfiz and his Predecessors
81
Love and the Metaphors of Wine and Drunkenness in Persian Sufi Poetry
125
Analogues of Boccaccio and Chaucer in Four Earlier Arabic and Persian Tales
137
Translating Persian Metaphors into English
205
On the Importance of Lineage and Origin
215
The Function of the Catalogue of Poets in Persian Poetry
231
The Origins of the Munāzara Genre in New Persian Literature
249
Index
275
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Ali Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Ph.D. (2001) in Persian literature and mysticism, is associate Professor of Persian literature and culture at Leiden University. He has published extensively on classical and modern Persian poetry, mysticism, poetic metaphors, and Iran-Iraq war poetry. He is the author of "Layl and Majn n. Love, Madness and Mystic Longing in Ni m 's Epic Romance," (Brill, 2003).

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