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An Analytical Division of the Old Arabic Poem: A Suggestion for a New Method of Dividing and Analyzing the Old Arabic Poem with Application to a Text by Hassān b. Thābit

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In this article, a new method of dividing the old (pre- and early Islamic) Arabic poem is suggested. According to the method, new kinds of sections are highlighted in the text, these are the functional unit, paragraph and motif. This method aims to highlight the idiosyncrasies of each old Arabic poem and to understand the relationship between the different parts (sections, motifs, and the like) in the text itself. In many cases, this method leads the reader to treat the poem as one thematic entity and not as a text composed of several unrelated and unconnected parts.


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