Book — 1 online resource (xvi, 251 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations.
Preface; Acknowledgments; A Note on Translation and Transliteration; Introduction; Chapter One: Contest as Ceremony: A Pre-Islamic Poetic Contest in Horse Description of Imru' al-Qays vs. 'Alqamahal-Fahl; Chapter Two: Remedy and Resolution: Bees and Honey-Gathering in Two Hudhali Odes; Chapter Three: Reality and Reverie: Wine and Ekphrasis in the 'Abbasid Poetry of Abu Nuwas and al-Buhturi; Chapter Four: Sensibility and Synaesthesia: Ibn al-Rumi's Singing Slave-Girl; Chapter Five: Poetry and Portraiture: A Double Portrait in a Panegyric; Conclusion; Appendix of Arabic Texts.
This volume deals with wasf or description which is one of the salient characteristics of the qasidah (classical Arabic poetry) tradition. The Introduction offers the theoretical background of wasf and ekphrasis ("verbal representation of non-verbal texts" in its modern sense) that can be considered a Western counterpart of wasf. The main part of the book examines descriptive passages in a selected group of Arabic qasidah from different ages (Jahili, Abbasid, Andalusian) with the motifs of horses, bees and honey-gathering, visual artifacts, performance of song, and architecture. Approaching the Arabic ode in light of modern Western critical theory, including the theories of ekphrasis and of interarts studies, this work is original and innovative, so it leads to a new understanding of a major form of traditional Arabic poetry. (source: Nielsen Book Data)