THE HISTORIC ENCOUNTER BETWEEN AL - MUTANABB ¡ AND AL - º§TIM¡: ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DISCOURSE ON GHULUWW (HYPERBOLE) IN ARABIC LITERARY THEORY 1 AMIDU SANNI Lagos State University, Nigeria Abstract Literary seances historically served as platforms for discussions and intellectual competitions. The discussion arising from the encounter between al-Mutanabb¬ (d. 965) and al-º®tim¬ (d. 998) concerning hyperstatement, metaphor, and aesthetic emphasis in poetic expression betrays a familiar but not an uncommon hiatus in per- ception and conceptualization between the Arab poet and his evaluator in the liter- ary tradition. This study attempts to chart the course of development of a coherent theory on hyperbole from the earliest period of theoretical speculation in Arabic until the emergence of a formal theory. The study uses the text and the subtext of the recorded encounter between the two protagonists as contained in al-º®tim¬’s work. The two protagonists of this study are the poet, AΩmad b. al-Husayn al- Mutanabb¬ (d. 354 A.H./965 C.E.), and the poet-critic, Ab‚ ÆAl¬ MuΩammad b. al-ºasan, otherwise known as al-º®tim¬ (d. 388/998). The year was 351/962 or 352/963, the city of the encounter was Baghdad, in the court- yard of a certain ºumayd, a literary
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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