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Published 2007
Pens, swords, and the springs of art : the oral poetry dueling of Palestinian weddings in the Galilee /

: Offering a detailed analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings, this work is unique in addressing poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and exploring the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry. It includes a study of poetry dueling in standard Arabic; a description of the historical and performance contexts of the Palestinian duels, as well as of poets and their training; an analysis of a single performance; and a re-interpretation of the nature verbal dueling generally. Including a transcription and translation of an entire performance, the book considers the social efficacy of poetry dueling, its aesthetic nature, and its value as a compositional device within a larger system of poetic production.
: 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-369) and index. : 9789047410348 : 1571-5183 ; : Available to subscribing member institutions only.