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The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice

Huda J. Fakhreddine


When the modernist movement in Arabic poetry was launched in the 1940s, it threatened to blur the distinctions between poetry and everything else. The Arabic prose poem, qaṣīdat al-nathr, is probably the most subversive and extreme manifestation of this blurring. The term was first introduced in 1960, as a translation of the French phrase «poème en prose» and is the first example of non-metrical Arabic poetry. This book examines this “new genre” as a poetic practice and as a critical lens which gave rise to a profound, contentious and continuing debate about the definition of an Arabic poem, i ... More

Keywords: Arabic prose poem, Modernism, poetic forms, Arabic free verse, poetic theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474474962
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474474962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Huda J. Fakhreddine, author
University of Pennsylvania