A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry

A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry

by Annemarie Schimmel
     
 

Annemarie Schimmel, one of the world's foremost authorities on Persian literature, provides a comprehensive introduction to the complicated and highly sophisticated system of rhetoric and imagery used by the poets of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Muslim India. She shows that these images have been used and refined over the centuries and reflect the changing conditions

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Annemarie Schimmel, one of the world's foremost authorities on Persian literature, provides a comprehensive introduction to the complicated and highly sophisticated system of rhetoric and imagery used by the poets of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Muslim India. She shows that these images have been used and refined over the centuries and reflect the changing conditions in the Muslim world.

According to Schimmel, Persian poetry does not aim to be spontaneous in spirit or highly personal in form. Instead it is rooted in conventions and rules of prosody, rhymes, and verbal instrumentation. Ideally, every verse should be like a precious stone—perfectly formed and multifaceted—and convey the dynamic relationship between everyday reality and the transcendental.

Persian poetry, Schimmel explains, is more similar to medieval European verse than Western poetry as it has been written since the Romantic period. The characteristic verse form is the ghazal—a set of rhyming couplets—which serves as a vehicle for shrouding in conventional tropes the poet's real intentions.

Because Persian poetry is neither narrative nor dramatic in its overall form, its strength lies in an "architectonic" design; each precisely expressed image is carefully fitted into a pattern of linked figures of speech. Schimmel shows that at its heart Persian poetry transforms the world into a web of symbols embedded in Islamic culture.

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An introduction to the highly sophisticated system of rhetoric and imagery used by the poets of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Muslim India. It reveals that common images have been used and refined over centuries and reflect changing conditions in the Muslim world. According to the author, Persian poetry does not aim to be spontaneous in spirit or highly personal in form. Instead, it is rooted in conventions and rules of prosody, rhymes and verbal instrumentation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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An original work significantly contributing to a deeper understanding of the metaphorical style and the multiplex allusions of Persian poetry.

Heshmat Moayyad, University of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807856208
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/31/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
558
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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An original work significantly contributing to a deeper understanding of the metaphorical style and the multiplex allusions of Persian poetry. Students of Persian as well as Turkish, Urdu, and even Arabic literatures will find this reference source as indispensable as any other basic work for the study of their respective fields.—Heshmat Moayyad, University of Chicago

Meet the Author

Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003) was a renowned German scholar of Islam and author of eighty books, including And Muhammad Is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety and Mystical Dimensions of Islam.

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