By Marcel Kurpershoek,Hmedan al-Shwe'ir

This vigorous quantity collects poems via Hmedan al-Shwe'ir, who lived in Najd within the Arabian Peninsula almost immediately earlier than the hegemony of the Wahhabi stream within the early 18th century. A grasp of satire identified for his ribald humor, self-deprecation, and invective verse (hija), Hmedan was once acerbic in his criticisms of society and its morals, voiced in in a poetic idiom that's generally often called “Nabati,” right here a mixture of Najdi vernacular and archaic vocabulary and pictures relationship again to the origins of Arabic poetry. In Arabian Satire, Hmedan is usually taken with worldly concerns, and addresses those in numerous guises: because the patriarch on the helm of the kin boat and its unruly staff; as a picaresque anti-hero who revels in taking potshots on the status quo, its hypocrisy, and its ethical failings; as a peasant who labors over his palm timber, frequently to no avail and with out warrantly of good fortune; and as a poet recording in verse how he thinks issues should be.

The poems in Arabian Satire, demonstrate a plucky, headstrong, but intensely socially dedicated figure—representative of the normal Najdi ethos—who infuses his verse with proverbs, maxims, and phrases of knowledge expressed it appears that evidently and conversationally. Hmedan is for this reason quoted through historians of the Gulf quarter and in anthologies of renowned sayings. this can be the 1st complete translation of this outstanding poet.

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