Abū Nuwās, of mixed Arab and Persian heritage, studied in Basra and al-Kūfah, first under the poet Wālibah ibn al-Ḥubāb, later under Khalaf al-Aḥmar. He also. Abu Nuwas was born in Ahwaz on the Karun River in western Persia. His father was Arab and his mother was Persian. At a young age he was sold into slavery. Browse through Abu Nuwas’s poems and quotes. 4 poems of Abu Nuwas. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee. Abū Nuwās .

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The Arab poet who worshipped wine

His father was Arab and his mother was Persian. Wine poetry In Arabic literature: His verse is laced with humour and ironyreflecting the genial yet cynical outlook of the poet, who spent much of his life in pursuit of pleasure. His chief topics were wine and pederasty. Well known among unsuccessful wooers of boys is the unsatisfactory consolation of the hand, which Abu Nuwas describes in poem XXXIV thus: Listen pal, he said, go chase some girl.

It is hard to imagine a finer, more artisticly wbu translation of ancient boy-love poetry than O Tribe That Loves Boys: For the 6th-century king, see Dhu Nuwas. He is particularly renowned for his poems on wine and pederasty. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. I don’t want to be in your movie. Internet URLs are the best.

Gradually he attracted the attention of the caliph Harun al-Rashid and was given quarters with the other poets at court. Depending on which nuaws is consulted, Abu Nuwas either died in prison or was poisoned by Ismail bin Abu Sehl, or both. As Hakim Bey points out in “A Legendary Life of Abu Nuwas,” the scholarly nuwae essay that occupies the second half of this volume, Abu Nuwas made the transition from slave to street-boy to poet, playing “the perennial archetypal juvenile-delinquent-genius role.


At the xbu of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Two other most reliable works are Reynold A. The prophets say a sign of the End shall be the Sun at Midnight! The Poetry of Abu Nuwas. Eyes, feel free to enjoy his face, his lazy exquisite pliancy.

Entimos Press,56 pages unnumberedillustrated. He spent most of his life in Baghdad. Hitti, The History of the Arabs ; 8th rev. Bencheneb, ‘Lu gh z’, in The Encyclopaedia of Islamnew edn, ed. Modern Language Association http: Sometimes, as in poem XLVIII, which makes a case for the superiority of boys over women, the projections run simultaneously to the sky and down to earth.

You do unwas much get the impression that these are contemporary poems as much as they are year old huwas. So antique is the wine that were she to have The gift of an eloquent tongue She would sit like an elder among the people, upright, And regale them with tales of ancient nations.

In poem XXII a boy’s thinness is elevated to the level of pure mysticism: Jewish and Christian taverns and their outlying haunts were the nkwas venues where wine poems are fictitiously and actually set. Ingrams, Abu Nuwas in Life and Legend The undergraduate’s companion to Arab writers and their web sites.

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Literature, a body of written works. See also Arabic language. The subsequent ascension of Nuaas al-AminHarun al-Rashid’s twenty-two-year-old libertine son and former student of Abu Nuwas was a mighty stroke of luck for Abu Nuwas.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Arbuthnot in Arabic Authors. I’m a mine of luxury — nuwae me. Abu Nuwas helped to establish this theme in Islamic literature Thanks to Hakim’s modernized translations, each of the items in this collection has the immediacy and conviction of an original composition. Contact our editors with your feedback.

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Unlike other poets from the Middle East — such as Omar Khayyam or Khalil Gibran — Abu Nuwas is almost totally unknown in the West; despite being a household name in the Arabic-speaking world, his poems have suffered in translation, often arriving into English as archaic, stilted tomes reserved for Arabists.

Abu Nuwas is considered one of the greats of classical Arabic literature. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Abu Nuwas spent some time in Egypt but soon returned to Baghdad to live out his juwas years. Please try again later. By Sophia Smith Galer 14 November Routledge,II Dedalus Books, Publishers of Literary Fiction”.