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Cover -- STRUCTURE AND MEANING IN MEDIEVAL ARABIC AND PERSIAN POETRY -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- 1 Introduction -- Brief encounters -- Grounds for comparison -- Medieval literary theory -- The search for unity -- Poetry as craft -- Theories of composition -- 2 Invention -- Concepts of invention -- Invention, imitation, and genre -- Invention and genre in early Abbasid poetry -- Invention and genre in the Persian ghazal 45 -- 3 Disposition: The parts of the poem -- Concepts of disposition -- Beginnings -- Transitions -- Endings -- 4 Disposition: Larger structures -- Segmentation: Proportion and balance -- Amplification, abbreviation, and digression -- The shape of the poem -- 5 Disposition: The Qasida and its adaptations -- Functions of the Nasib -- Nasib and Hija -- Variations on the Qasida Form -- 6 Disposition: Varieties of structure -- Spatial and numerical composition -- Other strategies: Letters, dialogues, narratives, debates -- 7 Ornamentation -- Concepts of ornament -- Ornament and structure: The five figures of badi -- Ornament and structure: The mahāsin al-kalām -- Ornament and structure: Other figures -- 8 Ornament: Metaphor and imagery -- Problems of metaphor -- Imagery and poetic unity -- Image as argument -- The poet and the natural world -- Earthly Paradises? -- Esoteric imagery -- 9 Conclusion: The coherence of the poem -- Word and image: A privileging of styles? -- Concluding Remarks -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
This is the first comprehensive and comparative study of compositional and stylistic techniques in medieval Arabic and Persian lyric poetry. Ranging over some seven countries, it deals with works by over thirty poets in the Islamic world from Spain to present-day Afghanistan, and examines how this rich poetic traditions exhibits both continuity and development in the use of a wide variety of compositional strategies. Discussing such topics as principles of structural organisation, the use of rhetorical figures, metaphor and images, and providing detailed analyses of a large number of poetic texts, it shows how structural and semantic features interacted to bring coherence and meaning to the individual poem. It also examines works by the indigenous critics of poetry in both Arabic and Persian, and demonstrates the critics' awareness of, and interest in, the techniques which poets employed to construct poems which were both eloquent and meaningful. Comparisons are also made with classical and medieval poetics in the west. The book will be of interest not merely to specialists in the relevant fields, but also to all those interested in pre-modern poetry and poetics.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.