Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology

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Salma Khadra Jayyusi
Columbia University Press, 1987 - History - 498 pages
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After centuries of oppressive Ottoman rule, the Arab world began to find new vitality and freedom in the twentieth century. The accompanying resurgence of creative expression is splendidly reflected in this definitive anthology of contemporary Arabic poetry, which spans the modern Arab world from the turn of the century to the present, from the Arab Gulf to Morocco. The editor, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, a renowned expert on modern Arabic literature, presents a through introduction to the works of more than ninety Arab poets. To create the best possible English translation, each selection has been translated first by a bilingual expert and then by an English-language poet, who creatively renders it into idiomatic English.

  

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Published in 1987, this anthology predates the US war in Iraq, and was released at a time when Arab poets "have not yet fully entered the machine age" (page 34). The female editor SKJ selects poems by ... Read full review

Review: Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology

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Published in 1987, this anthology predates the US war in Iraq, and was released at a time when Arab poets "have not yet fully entered the machine age" (page 34). The female editor SKJ selects poems by ... Read full review

Contents

Ilya Abu Modi
45
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOUR EYES
58
SALMA
70
EVENING
83
THE ABYSS OF DEATH
96
A bmad Shauqi i
100
Hasan cAbdallah
113
THE SUN AND THE WOMAN I 26
126
FROM THE THRESHOLD TO THE SKY 3
310
Sami Atahdi
312
2 I
321
Nazik alMala ika
329
SONG FOR THE MOON
336
cAbd alcAziz alMaqalib
342
Muhammad cAfifi Matar
349
THE STATUE
355

BEGINNING SPEECH I 39
139
J ajar alA llaq 15 2
152
THE WILD GOAT
167
Mohammad Bennis
180
Ahmad Dahbur
194
POEMS AFTER BEIRUT
207
Muhammad alFaituri
220
Ghazi alGosaibi
229
Buland alHaidari
242
THE BRIDGE
256
Rasbid Husain
269
ON VISITING THE M D ANDERSON
283
THE WAYFARERS
296
Amjad Nasir
361
EQUATION
374
FWad Rifqa
388
Kamal Sabti
394
IS THIS ALL THAT REMAINS OF LOVE?
407
Tawfiq Sayigh
420
DEATH AND THE RIVER
435
Abdallab alTayyib
450
K bal 11 I on 1n a
453
THE CASBAH
466
Sadi Yusuf
480
THEY KNOW
486
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Salma Khadra Jayyusi, widely known for her poetry, literary criticism, and scholarship, is the author of Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry, and numerous other articles and studies. She taught at several Arab and American universities before leaving to found and direct PROTA, Project of Translation from Arabic, dedicated to translating the best in Arabic literature, classic and modern, into English.

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