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Modern Arabic poetry : an anthology /

Other Authors: Jayyusi, Salma Khadra.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Columbia University Press, 1987
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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.


Part IPoets Before the Fifties
Ilya Abu Madi
The Human Clay
The Phoenix
Umar Abu Risha
A Roman Temple
An Eagle
Ilyas Abu Shabaka
You or I?
This Is My Wine
I Love You
Al-Akhtal al-Saghir
The Wisdom of Life
Hind and her Mother
Sa'id 'Acql
Do Not Show Your Love
More Beautiful Than Your Eyes
Dark Beauty
From: The Book of Roses
Badawi al-Jabal
Dark Mirage
The Visit
Al Tijani Yusuf Bashir
Tormented Mystic
Memories of the Village School
Ilyas Farhat
My Burned Suit
Gibran Kahlil Gibran
Veiled Land
The Seven Stages
The Poet
Hafiz Ibrahim
Describing a Suit
Muhammad M. al-Jawahiri
Come Down, Darkness
Lullaby for the Hungry
Mutran Khalil Mutran
Ahmad al-Safi al-Najafi
Where is the Guard?
The Pleasures of Darkness
The Ship of Life
The Moth
Ibrahim Naji
Amin Nakhla
To the Beloved Grown Past Youth
Black Song
Mikha'il al-Rasafi
Poem to al-Raihani
The Abyss of Death
Abu al-Qasim al-Shabbi
Life's Will
Quatrains from "Song of Ecstacy"
Ahman Shauqi
Bois de Boulogne
Thoughts on Schoolchildren
An Andalusian Exile
'Ali Mahmud Taha
The Blind Musician
Egyptian Serenade
Ibrahim Tuqan
The Martyr
Jamil S. al-Zahawi
Both Strangers
Part IIPoets After the Fifties
Hasan 'Abdallah
I Remember Having Loved
Muhammad 'Abd al-Hayy
Ode of Signs
Salah 'Abd al-Sabur
Expectation: Night and Day
The Gist of the Story
The People of my Country
Winter Song
The Sun and the Woman
'Abd al-Razzaq 'Abd al-Wahid
Dreaded Road
Reaching Forty
You Rise Among Truths
Shauqi Abi Shaqra
Water for the Family House
The Student
A Mirror to Khalida
Beginning Speech
A Song
Mihyar, A King
A Grave for New York
'Ali Ja'far al-Allaq
Lady of Chaos
Muhammad al-As'ad
Gardens for the Fire and the Rain
The Princess
'Abd-Allah al-Baraduni
From Exile to Exile
A Rose From Al-Mutannabi's Blood
Saleen Barakat
Dilana and Diram
The Wild Goat
The Cows of Heaven
The Greyhound
The Hoopoe bird
The Flamingo
The Squirrel
'Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayyati
The Impossible
The Birth of Aisha and Her Death
Elegy for Aisha
Mohammad Bennis
The Second Coming
Belonging to a New Family
Sargon Boulus
My Father's Dream
Mahmoud al-Buraikan
Tale of the Assyrian State
Man of the Stone City
Ahmad Dahbur
In Memory of 'Iziddin al-Qalaq
The Death of the Shoemaker
Mahmoud Darwish
Diary of a Palestinian Wound
Poems After Beirut
Zuhur Dixon
Dialogue of the Night of the Roses
Season of Beginning and End Two Hands on the Water
Amal Dunqul
The Scaffold Corner
The City A Wrecked Ship
Salah Fa'iq
Muhammad al-Faituri
The Story
The Question and the Answer
The Dervish
The Closed Door
A Scream
The Vision
Muhammad al-Ghuzzi
Quatrains for Joy
Your Eyes
A Dream
The Pen
My Sister
The Beggar

Review by Choice Review

This anthology of modern Arabic poetry in translation is a major contribution to the growing corpus of Arabic literature available in English. It is distinguished by both its scope and the quality of its translations. The nearly 100 poets included in the volume represent the many developments in Arabic poetry in the 20th century. The first of the two sections, and the shortest, exemplifies the poems of those writers such as Shauqi and Gibran who prior to the 1950s laid the groundwork for the significant experimentations in verse that have taken place over the last three decades. Both established poets and younger talents, from Mohammad Beniss of Morocco to Sa'di Yusuf of Iraq, are present in the anthology, which is nonetheless composed largely of hitherto untranslated poems. Many of the more recent poets are here anthologized for the first time. The translations, by bilingual translators working with English-speaking poets, bring out the cultural and historical specificity of the poem language. Jayyusi's extensive introduction, which traces the development of Arabic poetry from the classical period through its decline and into its 20th-century renaissance, provides ample critical background for a reader new to this poetic tradition. The presentation highlights the formal and literary qualities of the poems, but examines their social and historical influences as well. A valuable resource for reading and research, this anthology is recommended for all university libraries, graduate and undergraduate.-B. Harlow, University of Texas at Austin

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Review by Library Journal Review

Poet/critic Jayyusi has produced a compendious work of scholarship; 93 poets from 15 Middle East countries are here rendered by 28 English-language poets, who worked with copy from bilingual translators. She provides a definitive introduction and headnotes for each poet as well. In general, the older poets (such as Gibran Khalil Gibran) look backward to conventional themes while post-1948 poets (Abd al-Sabur, Adunis, Darwish, and others appearing for the first time in English) concern themselves with the impact of violence upon the Arabic psyche and homeland. This volume should help Islamic poetry's deep commitment to the fight for human dignity and freedom to enter and vitalize the mainstream of Western poetry. Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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