Risible Rhymes - Library of Arabic Literature (Hardback)
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Risible Rhymes - Library of Arabic Literature (Hardback)

(author), (editor and translator)
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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 04/10/2016
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Written in mid-17th century
Egypt, Risible Rhymes
is in part a short, comic disquisition on "rural" verse, mocking the
pretensions and absurdities of uneducated poets from Egypt's countryside.

The interest
in the countryside as a cultural, social, economic, and religious locus in
its own right that is hinted at in this work may be unique in pre-twentieth-century
Arabic literature. As such, the work provides a companion piece to its slightly
younger contemporary, Yusuf al-Shirbini's Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu
Shaduf Expounded, which also takes examples of mock-rural poems and
subjects them to grammatical analysis. The overlap between the two texts may
indicate that they both emanate from a common corpus of pseudo-rural verse that
circulated in Ottoman Egypt.
Risible Rhymes also examines various kinds of puzzle
poems-another popular genre of the day-and presents a debate between scholars
over a line of verse by the tenth-century poet al-Mutanabbi. Taken as a whole, Risible
Rhymes offers intriguing insight into the critical concerns of mid-Ottoman
Egypt, showcasing the intense preoccupation with wordplay, grammar, and
stylistics that dominated discussions of poetry in al-Sanhuri's day and
shedding light on the literature of this understudied era.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479877928
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm

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