<b>An Early Example of Narrative Verse in Colloquial Arabic</b>

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640867
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653300 | DOI:
An Early Example of Narrative Verse in Colloquial Arabic

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This chapter focuses on ̣Safīyyad Dīn al-̣Hilli. He is not only reputable for being a poet of the late classical manner, but he also initiated the badīiyya genre with a poem in praise of the Prophet which illustrates every rhetorical device known in his day. He composed a qạsīda sāsāniyya, which used the jargon of the underworld of vagabonds, beggars, and thieves. ̣Safīyyad Dīn al-̣Hilli was the author of one of the earliest and fullest treatises on the so-called ‘Seven Arts’, non-classical verse compositions, mostly in the colloquial. In this work, al-̣Hillī repeatedly displayed his admiration for the subtleties of which the non-classical genres are incapable; yet he is mildly defensive about his involvement with them.

Keywords: ̣Safīyyad Dīn al-̣Hilli; badīiyya genre; qạsīda sāsāniyya; Seven Arts; non-classical verse

Chapter.  2773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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