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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 Incomplete Egyptian Ballad on the 1956 War

An Incomplete Egyptian Ballad on the 1956 War

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(p.102) 8 An Incomplete Egyptian Ballad on the 1956 War
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Exploring Arab Folk Literature
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Pierre Cachia

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0008

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

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