رباعيات الفرح :: شعر

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University of Arkansas Press, 1997 - Poetry - 78 pages
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Matar's Quartet of Joy is a multilayered poetic composition in four elemental keys: earth, fire, water, and air. While exemplifying Egyptian ethos, the poems also evoke African landscapes, ancient Greek philosophy, Bedouin culture, Islamic folk rituals, classical Arabian verse, Koranic citations, and Sufi aphorisms to create a lyrical arabesque.
The four sets of the volume create a musical structure that has the intimacy and the gracefulness of a quartet playing chamber music. The dazzling poetry is richly seeded with literary, political, and philosophical allusions. For the benefit of bilingual readers, the original poetry in Arabic is presented.
The translation of Quartet of Joy is a unique work of Ferial Gahzoul and John Verlenden, combining poetic sensibility with scholarly knowledge. What results is a work beautifully true to Matar's sweeping cultural vision and one that mirrors his broad use of contrapuntal styles and his ability to employ all the powers and motifs of Arabic language, literature, and history.
 

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Born in 1935 in the Delta region of lower Egypt, Matar is considered a difficult contemporary Arabic poet, appealing to connoisseurs rather than the general public. A longtime philosophy teacher and ... Read full review

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Contents

FIRST PRELUDE
1
SECOND PRELUDE
2
THIRD PRELUDE
6
SOME TIME BEFORE SOME DEATH
8
THE VISIT
17
EARTHREJOICING LAD
19
I
21
MAWWAL FROM THE GARDENS OF A WOMAN
26
THE PREDICATE IN ADVANCE
35
AMBIGUOUS TERMS
40
SUBJECT DEFERRED
46
1
48
2
49
3
50
Air Joy
53
Glossary
65

MAWWAL OF THE DISTANT GAZE
27
THE BARDS MAWWAL
28
II
29
III
32
Explanatory Notes
69
On the Poet and the Translators
79
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