Songs of Mihyar the Damascene

A brilliant new translation of the landmark poetry collection by “the most eloquent spokesman and explorer of Arabic modernity” (Edward Said) Written in the early 1960s, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene is widely considered to be the apex ...

Songs of Mihyar the Damascene

Author: Adonis

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811227669

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A brilliant new translation of the landmark poetry collection by “the most eloquent spokesman and explorer of Arabic modernity” (Edward Said) Written in the early 1960s, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene is widely considered to be the apex of the modernist poetry movement in the Arab world, a radical departure from the rigid formal structures that had dominated Arabic poetry until the 1950s. Drawing not only on Western influences, such as T.S. Eliot and Nietzsche, but on the deep tradition and history of Arabic poetry, Adonis accomplished a masterful and unprecedented transformation of the forms and themes of Arabic poetry, initiating a profound revaluation of cultural and poetic traditions. Songs of Mihyar is a masterpiece of world literature that rewrites—through Mediterranean myths and renegade Sufi mystics—what it means to be an Arab in the modern world.

City of Beginnings

The. Songs. of. Mihyar. the. Damascene. Against. Inwardness. Of all the figures
produced by the Arab modernists, it is Mihyar, the gloomy, many-sided hero of
Adonis's Aghani Mihyar al-Dimashqi [The Songs of Mihyar the Damascene], who
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City of Beginnings

Author: Robyn Creswell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691182183

Page: 272

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How poetic modernism shaped Arabic intellectual debates in the twentieth century and beyond City of Beginnings is an exploration of modernism in Arabic poetry, a movement that emerged in Beirut during the 1950s and became the most influential and controversial Arabic literary development of the twentieth century. Robyn Creswell introduces English-language readers to a poetic movement that will be uncannily familiar—and unsettlingly strange. He also provides an intellectual history of Lebanon during the early Cold War, when Beirut became both a battleground for rival ideologies and the most vital artistic site in the Middle East. Arabic modernism was centered on the legendary magazine Shi‘r (“Poetry”), which sought to put Arabic verse on “the map of world literature.” The Beiruti poets—Adonis, Yusuf al-Khal, and Unsi al-Hajj chief among them—translated modernism into Arabic, redefining the very idea of poetry in that literary tradition. City of Beginnings includes analyses of the Arab modernists’ creative encounters with Ezra Pound, Saint-John Perse, and Antonin Artaud, as well as their adaptations of classical literary forms. The book also reveals how the modernists translated concepts of liberal individualism, autonomy, and political freedom into a radical poetics that has shaped Arabic literary and intellectual debate to this day.

The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature

The ' Songs of Mihyar the Damascene ' cycle of poems , in which the visionary
voice is that of Mihyar , an imaginary medieval king , first appeared in 1961 , but
the full version was only published in 1983 . In it Mihyar assumes the identity of ...

The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature

Author: John Sturrock

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192833181

Page: 492

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opinion, the Guide offers a discriminating - and sometimes controversial - view of a broad range of contemporary literatures.

Palestine and Modern Arab Poetry

... ( Songs of Mihyar the Damascene ) , published in Beirut in 1961 . 76 . Kamal
Abu Deeb , “ Adonis and the New Arab Poetry ” , Gazelle Review , no . 3 , 1977 ,
p . 44 . 77 . Adunis , al - Athar al - Kamila , vol . 2 , p . 384 . 78 . ibid . , p . 386 .

Palestine and Modern Arab Poetry

Author: Khalid A. Sulaiman

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9780862322380

Page: 240

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Banipal

POETRY - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ADONIS Songs of Mihyar the Damascene Not
A Star Neither a star , nor a prophet ' s inspiration , nor a face praying to the moon
, is Mihyar . Here he comes like a pagan spear , invading the land of letters ...

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And Thereby Hangs a Tale

The first poems where this creator figure appears are found in the volume Adūnīs
published in 1961 , Songs of Mihyar the Damascene ( Aghānī Mihyār al -
Dimashqī ) . However , many of the poems that comprise this " Modernist long
poem ...

And Thereby Hangs a Tale

Author: Terri DeYoung

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This dissertation investigates an important new development in twentieth-century Arabic poetry: the use of myth as a major thematic component and structuring device of the poetic work, which generally is assumed to be a borrowing from Western literature.

Encyclopedia of World Biography

علي احمد سعید Mihyar the Damascene الثابت والمتحول بحث في الاتباع والابداع
عند العرب ا- الأصول DO 0 EXANDUA TDK CEE The turning point in Adonis ' work
came with The Songs of Mihyar the Damascene , published in 1961 , in which he
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6 volume supplement (numbered 13-18) to: McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of world biography published in 1973 by McGraw-Hill; covering people of the 20th century and including a study guide and index (vol. 16).

Arab Perspectives

1958 Songs of Mihyar the Damascene ... 1961 The Book of Changes and
Migration into the Regions of Day and Night ... 1965 The Stage and the Mirror ...
1968 A Time between Ashes and Roses ... 1970 Complete Works ( two volumes )
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Mundus Artium

16 The Songs of Mihyar the Damascene opened with this psalm : He comes
unarmed like the forest , and like the clouds cannot be repelled ; and yesterday
he carried a continent and moved the sea from its place . . . ! ? This was a new
poetic ...

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Grand Street 40

The turning point in his work came with the publication, in 1961, of Aghani Mihyar
al-Dimashqi (The Songs of Mihyar the Damascene) , in which Adonis perfectly
balanced poetry's social and political roles with the demands of a subtle, ...

Grand Street 40

Author: Jean Stein

Publisher: Grand Street

ISBN: 9780393308242

Page: 240

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Justifying the Margins

His first major book , The Songs of Mihyar the Damascene ( 1961 ) was a further
breakthrough , both personally and as essential marker for the history of modern
Arab poetry : it is a book ( in the Spicerian rather than the ...

Justifying the Margins

Author: Pierre Joris

Publisher: Salt Pub

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In this collection of essays, poet, translator, anthologist and critic Pierre Joris extends his "nomad poetics" to a remarkable zigzagging on the margins of twentieth and twenty-first century poetry and poetics. For Justifying the Margins refuses, precisely, to fill out spaces neatly to yield (to) straightened out, pre-set margins, be they cultural, literary, linguistic or political; Joris rather wanders through those spaces, and thereby "justifies" the margins properly speaking. His travel/travails set off with absorbing explorations of writing as such - traversing languages and crossing genres -, and seem to turn this collection into a marvelous group improvisation of texts, which range from journal entries, over lectures, essayistic writing, (auto)biographical notes, translation, obits and interview, to Joris's outstanding and characteristically intense readings. The author, moreover, brilliantly moves across - and vindicates - multiple fringes. Joris's observation with respect to French literature, for instance, namely that "the most interesting and explorative literary writing in French of the last fifty years has not come from Paris, but from the periphery of the old colonial empire," not only leads him to continually resurfacing meditations on North African and Arabic literature, or the rerouted Surrealism of Unica Zürn's anagrams, it also allows him to investigate the margins of English and American poetry, in Douglas Oliver and Ronald Johnson, or even to deftly (re)consider core figures such as Antonin Artaud, Charles Olson and Paul Celan - with, in turn, new offshoots in Jacques Derrida's pipe or Irving Petlin's paintings.A fascinating "travelogue," and a truly valuable read, Justifying the Margins is highly recommended to both the specialist and general reader interested in experimental art, thought, poetry and poetics!

Books Abroad

Poverty , simplicity , proximity to and communion with nature emerge as the most
formidable themes in “ Songs of Mihyar the Damascene . ” Mihyar personifies the
poet ' s ideas , hopes , and dreams . A life symbol , Mihyar is in perpetual ...

Books Abroad

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The Blood of Adonis

Poverty , simplicity , proximity to and communion with nature emerge as the most
formidable themes in Songs of Mihyar the Damascene . Mihyar personifies the
poet ' s ideas , hopes , and dreams . A life symbol , Mihyar is in perpetual ...

The Blood of Adonis

Author: Adūnīs

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ISBN: 9780822952206

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America and the Orient

... published what is widely considered his most innovative and masterful poetic
work : Songs of Mihyar the Damascene . This book , with its central figure
enigmatically named Mihyar , represented nothing short of a revolution when it
first ...

America and the Orient

Author: Heike Schafer

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

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In the aftermath of 9/11, fearful images of the Orient as a volatile blend of religious extremism and anti-western politics have flourished in the United States and Europe. Yet Orient and Occident are interrelated cultural formations. This interdisciplinary volume explores the rich history of cultural and political exchange between Arab, South Asian, and American cultures from the 18th century to the present. Nineteen original essays, which were first presented at the 51st conference of the German Association for American Studies, address the emergence of Arab American literature, intercultural encounters in the works of Arab, Arab American, and South Asian American writers and artists, and the Orient as a geographical region as well as a foil for American self-definitions in U.S. literature, opera, and film. Revisiting the work of Edward Said and Samuel Huntington, the collection examines how we develop our knowledge and fantasies about the Orient.

Paintbrush

It was the link Adunis made with Arab history in his major volume , The Songs of
Mihyar the Damascene ( 1961 ) , which was decisive for other poets . In this work
, Adunis forged a permanent connection with the historical past . There are many
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The Longman Anthology of World Literature

Under the influence of French modernist poets , he published the book that
established his fame as a significant Arab poet , Songs of Mihyar the Damascene
( 1961 ) . Adonis continued to consolidate his stature as a major Arab poet of ...

The Longman Anthology of World Literature

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321055361

Page: 1158

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This volume samples a broad range of literature from the ancient world. It offers extensive selections from The Bible , The Book of Songs , The Mahabharata , The Ramayana , and Virgil's Aenid , as well as seven longer works in their entirety, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey . Editorial essays address such topics as the culture of Rome and the definition of "literature." Throughout the volume, the editors identify both what is most distinctive and what is commonly shared among the world's literatures. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

UFSI Reports

See particularly the collection of poems by Ali Ahmad Sa'id entitled Aghani
Mihyar al - Dimashqi , Beirut 1961. See also his poems entitled " The Second
Songs of Mihyar the Damascene , ” al - Mawaqif ( Beirut ) , nos . 30-31 . 11.
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