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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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Rhythmical Freedom

Rhythmical Freedom

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Silencing the Sea
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This chapter examines rhythmical freedom in Arabic poetry by focusing on the narratives of a number of Arab poets such as Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Nazik al-Mala'ika, Al-Munsif al-Wahaybi, and Ahmad 'Abd al-Mu'ti Hijazi. Abu Hashhash, who mostly publishes free verse, found Ramallah, the seat of a tattered sovereignty, a place from which he hoped to start collecting the pieces of Palestinian existence. In addition to free verse, Abu Hashhash also dabbles in prose poems to show that he is not exclusively committed to a single form. His narrative reflects the idea that the secular has its own rhythm, a rhythm that appreciates the act of return. The poet who devalues repetition and who searches for freedom from rhyme also finds the present more complex than the past. To repudiate traditional verse, it is not necessary to be born in Palestine or in a refugee camp. For example, al-Mala'ika pioneered free verse in Baghdad.

Keywords:   Arabic poetry, poets, Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Nazik al-Mala'ika, Al-Munsif al-Wahaybi, Ahmad 'Abd al-Mu'ti Hijazi, rhyme, freedom, Palestine, free verse

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