4. The Nature of Ancient Arabic Poetry
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By the last century before the Hijra, which is the earliest period for which we possess reasonably reliable source material on the oldest forms of Arabic poetry, |²⁵ its link with magical and religious imagery, once typical of the poetry of the Arabs as of that of other primitive cultures, had been almost completely severed, except for the hijāʾ. In the merciless struggle for survival in the desert, the most important fla…

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Carl Brockelmann, “4. The Nature of Ancient Arabic Poetry”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_S111040>
First published online: 2018

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