The Composition of Mutanabbī's Panegyrics to Sayf Al-Dawla

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BRILL, 1992 - Social Science - 127 pages
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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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Contents

Getting to the chronicle
6
Cadence
19
From chronicle to closure
35
Local structures in poems without events
51
A note on Text Eight
64
A glance at the earlier and later work
71
Some diagrams
82
TABLE OF CONTENTS
85
Bibliography
126
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About the author (1992)

Andras Hamori is Professor of Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University. Publications: Chapters on "Love poetry," "Ascetic poetry," and al- Mutanabb in Vol. II of the "Cambridge History of Arabic Literature" (1990); various articles on classical Arabic Poetry and on the Thousand and One Nights, and "On the Art of Medieval Arabic Literature" (1974).