Title

رمز الخمر ﻓﻲ الشعر العرﺑﻲ القديم / The Symbol of Wine in Classical Arabic Poetry

Program

ALIF

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http://www.jstor.org/stable/521759

All Authors

بريري, محمد أحمد; Birairi, Muhammad Ahmad

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Publication Date

1985

doi

https://www.doi.org/10.2307/521759

Abstract

[Wine was a recurrent motif in pre-Islamic and post - Islamic Arabic Poetry. The poetic portrayal of wine, with its suggestive connotations and explicit associations, made it a convenient vehicle and an appropriate symbol for mystics. Through a close reading of relevant verses, the author of the article shows how wine, wine drinkers and wine drinking evoked metonymically (by association) and metaphorically (by analogy) fundamental ambivalences of mysticism, such as time/timelessness, life/death, intoxication/wakefulness; as well as mystic practices: unconventional assertions and brotherhoods (of drinkers). Furthermore, classical Arabic poetry describing wine employed ritual language including "circumambulation", "sacrifice" and "sacred", which prepared wine drinking for its allegorical use later.]

First Page

73

Last Page

98

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