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After centuries of oppressive Ottoman rule, the Arab world began to find new vitality and freedom in the twentieth century. The accompanying resurgence of creative expression is splendidly reflected in this definitive anthology of contemporary Arabic poetry, which spans the modern Arab world from the turn of the century to the present, from the Arab Gulf to Morocco. The editor, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, a renowned expert on modern Arabic literature, presents a through introduction to the works of more than ninety Arab poets. To create the best possible English translation, each selection has been translated first by a bilingual expert and then by an English-language poet, who creatively renders it into idiomatic English.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

"The high quality of the translation gives the poems an English texture with no loss of their Arabic authenticity... a fine work and a major contribution, much needed and long awaited...."

World Literature Today

[Modern Arabic Poetry] establishes new standards of sensitivity, accuracy, and readability.

World Literature Today
[Modern Arabic Poetry] establishes new standards of sensitivity, accuracy, and readability.
International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
The high quality of the translation gives the poems an English texture with no loss of their Arabic authenticity . . . a fine work and a major contribution, much needed and long awaited...
Middle East International
If proof of the pudding is in the eating, Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology is brilliantly successful.... It offers the finest available translations of a literature now ripe for rediscovery.
Shawkat M. Toorawa
The appearance of Salma Jayyusi's anthology is a major event in the translation of modern Arabic poetry.... I cannot commend or recommend it enough.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231052733
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/1991
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Sales rank: 1,042,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Salma Khadra Jayyusi, widely known for her poetry, literary criticism, and scholarship, is the author of Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry, and numerous other articles and studies. She taught at several Arab and American universities before leaving to found and direct PROTA, Project of Translation from Arabic, dedicated to translating the best in Arabic literature, classic and modern, into English.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Poets Before the Fifties

Ilya Abu MadiThe Human ClayThe Phoenix

Umar Abu RishaA Roman TempleAn Eagle

Ilyas Abu ShabakaYou or I?This Is My WineI Love You

Al-Akhtal al-SaghirThe Wisdom of LifeHind and her Mother

Sa'id 'AcqlDo Not Show Your LoveMore Beautiful Than Your EyesDark BeautyFrom: The Book of Roses

Badawi al-JabalDark MirageThe VisitImmortalityBeauty

Al Tijani Yusuf BashirTormented MysticMemories of the Village School

Ilyas FarhatQuatrainsMy Burned SuitSalmaWilderness

Gibran Kahlil GibranVeiled LandEarthThe Seven StagesFameThe Poet

Hafiz IbrahimDescribing a Suit

Muhammad M. al-JawahiriCome Down, DarknessLullaby for the Hungry

Mutran Khalil MutranBoycottEvening

Ahmad al-Safi al-NajafiWhere is the Guard?The Pleasures of DarknessThe Ship of LifeThe Moth

Ibrahim NajiFarewellOblivion

Amin NakhlaTo the Beloved Grown Past YouthBlack Song

Mikha'il al-RasafiPoem to al-RaihaniThe Abyss of Death

Abu al-Qasim al-ShabbiLife's WillQuatrains from "Song of Ecstacy"

Ahman ShauqiBois de BoulogneThoughts on SchoolchildrenAn Andalusian Exile

'Ali Mahmud TahaThe Blind MusicianEgyptian Serenade

Ibrahim TuqanThe MartyrPerplexity

Jamil S. al-ZahawiBoth Strangers

Part II: Poets After the Fifties

Hasan 'AbdallahI Remember Having Loved

Muhammad 'Abd al-HayyOde of Signs

Salah 'Abd al-SaburExpectation: Night and DayThe Gist of the StoryThe People of my CountryWinter SongThe Sun and the Woman

'Abd al-Razzaq 'Abd al-WahidDreaded RoadReaching FortyYou Rise Among TruthsShauqi Abi ShaqraWater for the Family HouseThe StudentFugue

AdunisA Mirror to KhalidaBeginning SpeechA SongMihyar, A KingA Grave for New York

'Ali Ja'far al-AllaqPoetLady of Chaos

Muhammad al-As'adGardens for the Fire and the RainThe Princess

'Abd-Allah al-BaraduniFrom Exile to ExileA Rose From Al-Mutannabi's Blood

Saleen BarakatDilana and DiramThe Wild GoatThe Cows of HeavenThe GreyhoundThe Hoopoe birdThe FlamingoThe Squirrel

'Abd al-Wahhab al-BayyatiThe ImpossibleLuzumiyyaThe Birth of Aisha and Her DeathElegy for Aisha

Mohammad BennisThe Second ComingBelonging to a New Family

Sargon BoulusLighterPoemMy Father's DreamSiege

Mahmoud al-BuraikanTale of the Assyrian StateMan of the Stone City

Ahmad DahburIn Memory of 'Iziddin al-QalaqThe Death of the Shoemaker

Mahmoud DarwishDiary of a Palestinian WoundBreadBeirutPoems After Beirut

Zuhur DixonOvertureDialogue of the Night of the RosesSeason of Beginning and End Two Hands on the Water

Amal DunqulThe Scaffold CornerTomorrowTrainsThe City A Wrecked Ship

Salah Fa'iqPoems

Muhammad al-FaituriThe StoryIncidentThe Question and the AnswerThe DervishThe Closed DoorA ScreamThe Vision

Muhammad al-GhuzziFemaleQuatrains for JoyYour EyesA DreamThe PenMy SisterTaghoreThe Beggar

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