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The ardiyyahs of Ibn al-Mu‘tazz: Breakthrough into Lyricism

The ardiyyahs of Ibn al-Mu‘tazz: Breakthrough into Lyricism © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006410X546074 Journal of Arabic Literature 41 (2010) 201-244 brill.nl/jal The T ̣ ardiyyah s of Ibn al-Mu‘tazz: Breakthrough into Lyricism Jaroslav Stetkevych The University of Chicago Abstract This study presents an analytical review of the genre of the “hunt-poem” ( t ̣ ardiyyah ) at the hand of the ‘ Abbāsid poet Ibn al-Mu ‘ tazz (d. 296/908). It is in this period that the genre of the t ̣ ardiyyah reaches its second apogee after the great pioneering Abū Nuwās. After dealing with issues of genre and prosody ( rajaz versus the qas ̣ īdah meters), the study focuses its critical attention on Ibn al- Mu‘tazz’s overcoming of the strictly formulaic opening lyrical phrasing of the majority of the t ̣ ardiyyah s, especially as the genre was formalized by Abū Nuwās. It is in overcoming the limita- tions of the formulaism of Abū Nuwās, which does not do justice to the genre’s lyrical promise, that Ibn al-Mu‘tazz achieves his breakthrough into lyricism and a reinvigoration of the genre. Through a close reading and translation of the Arabic texts, the study presents a careful identifica- tion of the variants of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabic Literature Brill

The ardiyyahs of Ibn al-Mu‘tazz: Breakthrough into Lyricism

Journal of Arabic Literature , Volume 41 (3): 201 – Jan 1, 2010

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006410X546074 Journal of Arabic Literature 41 (2010) 201-244 brill.nl/jal The T ̣ ardiyyah s of Ibn al-Mu‘tazz: Breakthrough into Lyricism Jaroslav Stetkevych The University of Chicago Abstract This study presents an analytical review of the genre of the “hunt-poem” ( t ̣ ardiyyah ) at the hand of the ‘ Abbāsid poet Ibn al-Mu ‘ tazz (d. 296/908). It is in this period that the genre of the t ̣ ardiyyah reaches its second apogee after the great pioneering Abū Nuwās. After dealing with issues of genre and prosody ( rajaz versus the qas ̣ īdah meters), the study focuses its critical attention on Ibn al- Mu‘tazz’s overcoming of the strictly formulaic opening lyrical phrasing of the majority of the t ̣ ardiyyah s, especially as the genre was formalized by Abū Nuwās. It is in overcoming the limita- tions of the formulaism of Abū Nuwās, which does not do justice to the genre’s lyrical promise, that Ibn al-Mu‘tazz achieves his breakthrough into lyricism and a reinvigoration of the genre. Through a close reading and translation of the Arabic texts, the study presents a careful identifica- tion of the variants of

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: bachhic; prosody; rajaz; Ibn al-Mu‘tazz; hound; Abū Nuwās; falcon; genre; lyricism; qaīd; ardiyyah; hunt-poem; idyll

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