By Marcel Kurpershoek,Hmedan al-Shwe'ir
This full of life quantity collects poems via Hmedan al-Shwe'ir, who lived in Najd within the Arabian Peninsula almost immediately ahead of the hegemony of the Wahhabi flow within the early 18th century. A grasp of satire identified for his ribald humor, self-deprecation, and invective verse (hija), Hmedan was once acerbic in his criticisms of society and its morals, voiced in in a poetic idiom that's generally known as “Nabati,” right here a mixture of Najdi vernacular and archaic vocabulary and pictures courting again to the origins of Arabic poetry. In Arabian Satire, Hmedan is usually eager about worldly issues, and addresses those in numerous guises: because the patriarch on the helm of the relatives boat and its unruly workforce; as a picaresque anti-hero who revels in taking potshots on the establishment, its hypocrisy, and its ethical failings; as a peasant who labors over his palm bushes, frequently to no avail and with out warrantly of good fortune; and as a poet recording in verse how he thinks issues should be.
The poems in Arabian Satire, exhibit a plucky, headstrong, but intensely socially dedicated figure—representative of the conventional Najdi ethos—who infuses his verse with proverbs, maxims, and phrases of knowledge expressed evidently and conversationally. Hmedan is as a result quoted by way of historians of the Gulf area and in anthologies of renowned sayings. this is often the 1st complete translation of this amazing poet.
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Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th-Century Najd (Library of Arabic Literature) by Marcel Kurpershoek,Hmedan al-Shwe'ir