From Primary To Secondary Qasidas

From Primary To Secondary Qasidas FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY QASIDAS Thoughts on the Development of Classical Arabic Poetry The difference between the formal ode (qasida) and the occasional piece of poetry seems to have been already fairly well established in Pre-Islamic Arabic poetry. Despite the complex nature of the problem created in the main by the orality of transmission, if not, in some cases, of composition, and despite the fact that in many in- stances we cannot be absolutely sure that what has come down to us as a qi¡<a was not originally a part of a qasida, it can be said, with all due caution of course, that solistically there is a discernible difference between these two types of poetic composition. Apart from its ob- vious freedom from the relative external structural rigour of the qa;rida, the occasional poem is generally marked by the simplicity of its language. Indeed there must be a necessary correlation be- tween the formality and ritual-like quality of the qa jida and the pomp and grandeur of its language, the recondite and hieratic nature of its diction. Imru' al-Qays' elegies on his father 01 ancestors 1 are composed in a language considerably simpler than that of his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabic Literature Brill

From Primary To Secondary Qasidas

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 1980 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0085-2376
eISSN
1570-064X
D.O.I.
10.1163/157006480X00018
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FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY QASIDAS Thoughts on the Development of Classical Arabic Poetry The difference between the formal ode (qasida) and the occasional piece of poetry seems to have been already fairly well established in Pre-Islamic Arabic poetry. Despite the complex nature of the problem created in the main by the orality of transmission, if not, in some cases, of composition, and despite the fact that in many in- stances we cannot be absolutely sure that what has come down to us as a qi¡<a was not originally a part of a qasida, it can be said, with all due caution of course, that solistically there is a discernible difference between these two types of poetic composition. Apart from its ob- vious freedom from the relative external structural rigour of the qa;rida, the occasional poem is generally marked by the simplicity of its language. Indeed there must be a necessary correlation be- tween the formality and ritual-like quality of the qa jida and the pomp and grandeur of its language, the recondite and hieratic nature of its diction. Imru' al-Qays' elegies on his father 01 ancestors 1 are composed in a language considerably simpler than that of his

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Journal of Arabic LiteratureBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1980

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