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

By Annemarie Schimmel

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

According to Schimmel, Persian poetry doesn't target to be spontaneous in spirit or hugely own in shape. in its place it's rooted in conventions and ideas of prosody, rhymes, and verbal instrumentation. preferably, each verse will be like a beneficial stone--perfectly shaped and multifaceted--and exhibit the dynamic courting among daily fact 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; each one accurately expressed picture is thoroughly equipped right into a development of associated figures of speech. Schimmel exhibits that at its middle Persian poetry transforms the realm right into a internet of symbols embedded in Islamic culture.

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