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Qaṣīda Ghazaliyya–Khamriyya: Two Lyrical Poems by Ḥāzim al-Qarṭājannī (d. 684/1285)

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The thirteenth-century poet Ḥāzim al-Qarṭājannī is one of the most original literary critics in the history of Arabic literature. In his poetry Ḥāzim does not display the same originality as he does in his poetics, but his collected works contain some good specimens. In one respect we ought to be glad that Ḥāzim the theorist is not too much in evidence in his poetry: his prose is ponderous, difficult and scholarly, with long sentences, and far from elegant. Apart from their style, however, there are some indications that his poetics and his poetry are in harmony, which cannot always be said of Arabic literary critics who were also poets. This chapter presents the two lyrical poems of the three pieces by Ḥāzim of some length, that are wholly devoted to lyrical themes, together with a translation and with a short analysis.

Keywords: Ḥāzim al-Qarṭājannī Arabic literary critics; poetics; poetry

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