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Metapoetry Between East And West: ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bayātī And The Western Composers Of Metapoetry—A Study In Analogies

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Given the analogies between al-Bayātī's metapoetical poems and the works of the modern Western poets, this chapter examines al-Bayātī as a composer of metapoetry by comparing his work with the works of Yeats, Tsvetaeva, and Stevens. The comparison facilitates clarifying the strategies that he used to transform his metapoetical concerns into poetic language of pure art. In addition, it reveals al-Bayātī’s contribution to his national literature through incorporating Western elements into Arabic poetry that enabled him to add a new genre to that tradition. The investigation could also lead to a deeper appreciation of al-Bayātī as a poet who took great measures to innovate and perfect his art.

Keywords: Arabic poetry; metapoetry; modern Western poets; Stevens; Tsvetaeva; Yeats



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