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Silencing the SeaSecular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry$
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Khaled Furani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776462

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776462.001.0001

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When Meter Melts

When Meter Melts

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Silencing the Sea
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The “Path of the Poem” (Darb al-Qasida) in Israel features poems by both Arab and Jewish poets, men and women. There are free verse and prose poetry, none of which are classical. Furthermore, none of the featured Arab poets is from the 1967 occupied part of Palestine, which allows identity to trail behind the borders of national sovereignty. Memory, including that of Palestinian poetry, is a site of contestation in the struggle for national sovereignties. This chapter explores the Arab prose poet's relation to rhyme, meter, and rhythm. The narratives of these poets, including Zakariyya Muhammad, Taha Muhammad Ali (Abu Nizar), Mahmoud Amin al-Alim, and Nida'a Khoury reveal the kinds of struggles they have faced to ensure the vitality of their techniques along secular lines of belonging. The foundational definition of Arabic poetry as a rhyming and measured speech has lost its authority over poetry.

Keywords:   Path of the Poem, Arabic poetry, poets, Palestinian poetry, free verse, prose poetry, meter, rhyme, rhythm, Zakariyya Muhammad

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