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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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An Early Example of Narrative Verse in Colloquial Arabic

An Early Example of Narrative Verse in Colloquial Arabic

(p.96) 7 An Early Example of Narrative Verse in Colloquial Arabic
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

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

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