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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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Folk Themes in the Works of Najīb Surūr

Folk Themes in the Works of Najīb Surūr

(p.203) 17 Folk Themes in the Works of Najīb Surūr
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

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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