A study of the vernacular poetry of Aḥmad Fuʼād Nigm /

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Author / Creator:Abdel-Malek, Kamal
Imprint:Leiden ; New York : Brill, 1990.
Description:176 p. ; 25 cm.
Series:Studies in Arabic literature, 0169-9903 ; v. 12
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/1127561
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ISBN:9004089330 (cloth)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:This study provides an analysis of the social and political meanings in the protest vernacular poetry of Ah mad Fuâd Nigm (b. 1929), the contemporary Eqyptian socialist poet. Nigms work portrays Eqypt as a society composed of contending social forces and it is concerned with the cause of liberating Egypt from class inequality and political oppression. For Nigm, the way to achieve such liberation is through a peoples revolution that will ultimately pave the way for a new socialist society.Nigms commitment to the causes of his society is enhanced by his use of the simple, yet evocative, colloquial, an idiom which is close to the mind and heart of Egypts poor and illiterate people. Moreover, Nigm deftly utilises different folk poetic forms, folk idioms and pungent witticisms to convey his socialist message.Consequently, Nigms poetry enjoys wide popularity in Egypt, especially when sung to the melodious tune of the ûd by Shaykh Imâm, Nigms partner. Being an example of genuine popular expression, Nigms protest appears to pose a challenge to the political establishment, which considers Nigm as a provocateur, as well as to the majority of scholars to whom vernacular works have no place in their canonical definition of high" literature."
Physical Description:176 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9004089330 (cloth)