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By Raymond Farrin

Abundance from the Desert presents a accomplished creation to classical Arabic poetry, one of many richest of poetic traditions. masking the interval approximately of 500â€"1250 c.e., it positive aspects unique translations and illuminating discussions of a couple of significant classical Arabic poems from a number of genres. The poems are provided chronologically, each one located inside a selected ancient and literary context. jointly, the chosen poems recommend the variety and intensity of classical Arabic poetic expression; learn in series, they recommend the sluggish evolution of a convention. relocating past an insignificant chronicle, Farrin outlines a brand new method of appreciating classical Arabic poetry in response to an wisdom of concentric symmetry, within which the poem’s cohesion is considered now not as a linear development yet as an problematic symmetrical plot. In doing so, the writer offers those works in a broader, comparative mild, revealing connections with different literatures. The reader is invited to ascertain those classical Arabic works now not as remoted phenomena—notwithstanding their area of expertise and their organization with a discrete tradition—but really as a part of a good multicultural background.
This pioneering booklet marks a tremendous breakthrough within the research of Arabic poetry. while, it opens the door to this wealthy culture for the overall reader.

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