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Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within a specific historical and literary context. Together, the selected poems suggest the range and depth of classical Arabic poetic expression; read in sequence, they suggest the gradual evolution of a tradition. Moving beyond a mere chronicle, Farrin outlines a new approach to appreciating classical Arabic poetry based on an awareness of concentric symmetry, in which the poem’s unity is viewed not as a linear progression but as an elaborate symmetrical plot. In doing so, the author presents these works in a broader, comparative light, revealing connections with other literatures. The reader is invited to examine these classical Arabic works not as isolated phenomena—notwithstanding their uniqueness and their association with a discrete tradition—but rather as part of a great multicultural heritage. This pioneering book marks an important step forward in the study of Arabic poetry. At the same time, it opens the door to this rich tradition for the general reader.


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Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within a specific historical and literary context. Together, the selected poems suggest the range and depth of classical Arabic poetic expression; read in sequence, they suggest the gradual evolution of a tradition. Moving beyond a mere chronicle, Farrin outlines a new approach to appreciating classical Arabic poetry based on an awareness of concentric symmetry, in which the poem’s unity is viewed not as a linear progression but as an elaborate symmetrical plot. In doing so, the author presents these works in a broader, comparative light, revealing connections with other literatures. The reader is invited to examine these classical Arabic works not as isolated phenomena—notwithstanding their uniqueness and their association with a discrete tradition—but rather as part of a great multicultural heritage. This pioneering book marks an important step forward in the study of Arabic poetry. At the same time, it opens the door to this rich tradition for the general reader.

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    هذا لقاء للمؤلف مع محمد العوضي يتحدث فيه عن كتابه الجميل هذا وعن العربية بشكل عام https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4hfc... هذا لقاء للمؤلف مع محمد العوضي يتحدث فيه عن كتابه الجميل هذا وعن العربية بشكل عام https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4hfc...

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    "For you are like the night that catches up with me, even if I suppose the distant place from you to be wide." — Abu Tammam (ca. 804–46) "Don’t you see how I’ve wasted away, and how my eyelids have ulcerated from crying and lack of sleep ? If you don’t cast love for me in my beloved’s breast — and this you can do — I won’t compose poetry, nor listen to music, and inebriation won’t course through my veins …" — Abu Nuwas (d. ca. 815). "What is your promise, but like the lightning flash from a cloud that po "For you are like the night that catches up with me, even if I suppose the distant place from you to be wide." — Abu Tammam (ca. 804–46) "Don’t you see how I’ve wasted away, and how my eyelids have ulcerated from crying and lack of sleep ? If you don’t cast love for me in my beloved’s breast — and this you can do — I won’t compose poetry, nor listen to music, and inebriation won’t course through my veins …" — Abu Nuwas (d. ca. 815). "What is your promise, but like the lightning flash from a cloud that pours no rain." — Jamil (ca. 660–701)

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