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Folk Themes in the Works of Najīb Surūr

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0017
Folk Themes in the Works of Najīb Surūr

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This chapter focuses on Najīb Surūr and the folk themes that pervaded his work. Najīb Surūr was a fluent poet in both classical and colloquial Arabic. He is bold for he practiced the mingling of two idioms in compositions that were somewhat facile, but not devoid of verve and of some striking imagery. He had three volumes of poetry published, and he circulated on tape a collection of satirical verses which is known by a name which one may derive from al-Mutanabbī's best-known satire on Kāfūr, the euphemism al-waylummiyyāt. He also on occasion used the folk verse form of the mawwāl. However, Najīb Surūr's distinctive position is that he acquired the reputation of being close to the perceptions of the common people and appreciative of their literature, as his use of the colloquial and of folk metrical form attests.

Keywords: Najīb Surūr; folk themes; colloquial Arabic; al-waylummiyyāt; mawwāl

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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