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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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Metrical Discipline and Mastery

Metrical Discipline and Mastery

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Silencing the Sea
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This chapter focuses on the traditionally lyrical al-'āmūdī form of Arabic poetry and its non-secular topography. Both Mahmoud al-Desouqi and Ahmad Bekheit said they memorized a significant amount of canonical Arabic poetry, all al-'āmūdī form. Although they primarily compose al-'āmūdī, they occasionally dabble in free verse. However, they never practiced the prose poem, the poem without meters, which they do not consider to be a poem at all. Another poet who abstains from the prose poem, even after entirely abandoning al-'āmūdī, is Samih al-Qasim. The non-secular rhythms of al-Qasim's story is evident in his account of freedom, an account that deviates from certain triumphant liberal visions (negative or positive) of freedom as an absence of restrictions and an insertion of autonomy. He, along with Hanna Ibrahim, claims that meters are initially difficult and restrictive, but once mastered, they come naturally. This chapter also looks at another Arabic poet, 'Abd al-Majid Hamid.

Keywords:   Arabic poetry, al-'āmūdī, meters, Mahmoud al-Desouqi, Ahmad Bekheit, 'Abd al-Majid Hamid, Samih al-Qasim, prose poem, Hanna Ibrahim

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