A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry by Annemarie Schimmel

By Annemarie Schimmel

Annemarie Schimmel, one of many world's most excellent gurus on Persian literature, presents a complete advent to the complex and hugely refined method of rhetoric and imagery utilized by the poets of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Muslim India. She indicates that those photos were used and sophisticated over the centuries and replicate the altering stipulations within the Muslim world.

According to Schimmel, Persian poetry doesn't goal to be spontaneous in spirit or hugely own in shape. in its place it really is rooted in conventions and principles of prosody, rhymes, and verbal instrumentation. preferably, each verse might be like a beneficial stone--perfectly shaped and multifaceted--and express the dynamic courting among daily truth and the transcendental.

Persian poetry, Schimmel explains, is extra just like medieval eu verse than Western poetry because it has been written because the Romantic interval. The attribute verse shape is the ghazal--a set of rhyming couplets--which serves as a automobile for shrouding in traditional tropes the poet's genuine intentions.

Because Persian poetry is neither narrative nor dramatic in its total shape, its energy lies in an "architectonic" layout; every one accurately expressed photo is punctiliously outfitted right into a development of associated figures of speech. Schimmel exhibits that at its middle Persian poetry transforms the area right into a net of symbols embedded in Islamic culture.

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