<b>An Incomplete Egyptian Ballad on the 1956 War</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 Incomplete Egyptian Ballad on the 1956 War

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This chapter discusses an incomplete Egyptian ballad on the 1956 war. It discusses Abu Dra's ballad which described the Battle of Port-Said. His ballad took the form of mawwāl ̣saīdī. The metre is basically the classical basīṭ, that is, mustafilun fāilun twice in each hemistich and with the fāilun foot often reduced to falun, but only at the end of a line. In folk compositions, the classical hemistich functions as an independent line, and the shortening of fāilun is allowed wherever it occurs.

Keywords: Egyptian ballad; 1956 war; Abu Dra; folk compositions; mawwāal ̣saīdī; failun; Battle of Port-Said; classical hemistich

Chapter.  4758 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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