- The rise of the individual style in Andalusian Arabic poetry: the case of Ibn Khafâja (1056-1138)
- Fragmenta. Journal of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome
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- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
To define an Arabic poet and his style as individualistic is highly problematic. From the beginning Arabic poetry was extremely conventional. Most themes in early Bedouin poetry were well established and primarily focused on love and the desert. While the desert motifs remained in later Arabian poetry, new urban themes such as drinking scenes and the poet’s longing for the young female or male servant who poured the wine came into vogue. The paper looks at Ibn Khafāja’s poetry, its poetic form and how the poet’s individualistic use of stock motifs gives his oeuvre a unique character.
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