By Akiko Motoyoshi Sumi
This paintings offers with "wasf" or description that's one of many salient features of the "qasidah" (classical Arabic poetry) culture. It examines descriptive passages in a specific workforce of Arabic "qasidah" from assorted a long time, with the motifs of horses, and bees and honey-gathering.
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Additional resources for Description in Classical Arabic Poetry: Wasf, Ekphrasis, and Interarts Theory (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures) (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)
Ta∂mìn—that the second poet quoted or appropriated the original lines in his own poem; 2. the vagaries of oral transmission, through which lines of two very closely associated poems in a passage of identical rhyme, meter and subject, got confused; 3. literary 5 Cf. pp. 2–4 in the Introduction. The German Orientalist Wilhelm Ahlwardt raised the issue in his book Bemerkungen über die Aechtheit der alten Arabischen Gedichte (Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag, 1972), 68–71. 6 ra˙ìl ra˙ìl nasìb nasìb 9/10/03 Imru" al-Qays Motoyoshi/f3/18-60 22 The overlapping verses in the odes of Imru" al-Qays and 'Alqamah al-Fa˙l fakhr 1 • • • • • • 8 9 10 • • • • 15 • • • 19 20 21 • • • • 25 26 27 28 • 30 • 32 • • 35 • • • • • 41 42 43 44 45 • • • • 50 • 52 53 • 55 3:59 PM nasìb ra˙ìl fakhr 'Alqamah al-Fa˙l * Some of the overlapping lines are not exactly identical; for each variant part, see the footnotes of Imru" al-Qays’s poem.
Loose translation) 15. 35 16. On a long white one, as if her saddle were on the piebald ﬂanks [of a wild ass], its eyelids not fringed with white. 17. It sings for dawn in the watches of the night like a [drunken] singer reeling among the boon companions. 18. A lean young ass of the asses of Mount 'Amàyah, his spittle is full of green herbs whenever he drinks. 19. In a bend in the wadi where the grass is as tall as the Îàl-trees, through which armies pass, both those with booty and those that return empty-handed.
In the qaßìdah, hence, there often are two simultaneous operations: one occurs on the level of mimetic, concrete, and physical repre- 41 Ibn Rashìq, 2: 294. Sells, “Ghùl,” 130–31. See also Roman Jakobson, “Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances,” in Language: An Enquiry into Its Meaning and Function, ed. Ruth Nanda Anshen (New York: Harper, 1957), 99–100. 42 Motoyoshi/f2/1-17 9/10/03 3:58 PM Page 17 17 sentation, and the other on the level of intangible, abstract, and symbolic representation.
Description in Classical Arabic Poetry: Wasf, Ekphrasis, and Interarts Theory (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures) (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures) by Akiko Motoyoshi Sumi