Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.

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Two poems of Abu Nuwas, Islamic poet of male love

Read more about Abu Nuwas: His poetrry are well-shod, and under his coat You can glimpse rich brocade. At that time Arabic culture was largely based on oral tradition, with poetry at its center.

Characters Stories Burton translation Works influenced by 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. The waiter gently poured her out, The bubbles looked to me Like eyes of crickets peeking out Beneath the wings of bees. If apple is but wine, solidified, And wine is apple, only liquefied, You’ll find, if drinking is not poefry, Substantial joy and pleasure, actualised!

Lampoon Poetfy Arabic literature: Compared to the Bible, the Koran is a much shorter work, lacking the extended ooetry accounts and chronicles of the Old Testament and the multiple repetitive Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the New Testament, and can be read in a relatively short time in translation by most people for basic familiarity.

However, his poems on wine khamriyyathomosexual love mudhakkarat and ribaldry majouniyyat are his best known and have earned him his notoriety.


Poets were highly honored, attaining even what today we might term “superstar” status. Bruno marked it as to-read Nov 14, In modern usage, it embraces any of the Arabic-speaking peoples living in….

Nour Dich marked it as to-read Jun 04, In his khamriyyat, Abu Nuwas offers a glimpse of the hedonistic and dissipated world he inhabited: Ibn Sina and other speculative thinkers such as al-Kindi and al-Farabi combined Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism with other ideas introduced through Islam.

Mona marked it as to-read Apr 03, Ironically, even before the Salafist revival the primary impetus podtry the suppression of said authors came bau Christian colonial puritanism.

The Arab poet who worshipped wine

The Quran assumes familiarity with major narratives recounted in Jewish and Christian scriptures, summarizing some, dwelling at length on others and in some cases presenting alternative accounts and interpretations of events. Regardless of whether one believes or disbelieves in the Koran, equally as in the case of whether one believes or disbelieves in the Christian or Jewish Bible, it is an inescapable necessity for every educated person to read and be familiar with these works as literature if one has any hope of understanding World Literature, Western Literature, Islamic and Arabic Literature, English, French, German, Russian or any national literature of any culture affected by their influence.

There is much cause for weeping here.

Abdullah Alotibi marked it as to-read Oct 23, Vincent Mansour MonteilSindbad, Paris,p. In poem XXII a boy’s thinness is elevated to the level of pure mysticism: The decimal system and “zero” travelled from India into Arabic culture during this time and in 9th century it was popularized in the Islamic regions by the Persian mathematician al-Khwarizmi.

Bob Naja marked it as to-read Sep 24, Eric marked it as to-read Sep 10, Sometimes, as in poem XLVIII, which makes a case for the superiority poetrj boys over women, the projections run simultaneously to the sky and down to earth. Avicenna argued his famous “Floating Man” thought experiment, concerning self-awareness, where a man prevented of sense experience by being blindfolded and free falling would still be aware of his existence, perhaps a forerunner of Descartes “cogito ergo sum””I think therefore I am.


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The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwaswhere Jim Poerry translates some of Abu Nuwas’ “transgressive” poems and provides a very brief introduction to his life and times. If you prefer to suggest your zbu revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Season of migration to the north. Thanks to Hakim’s modernized translations, each of the items in this collection has the immediacy and conviction of an original composition.

Abu Nuwas – Abu Nuwas Poems – Poem Hunter

I should add that translating anything from Arabic is a great accomplishment. View image of The Pleasures of Baghdad extract Credit: At least we have something of the meaning of the poems, and a sense of the playfulness of Abu Nuwas.

His monumental work the “Book of Animals” is the first encyclopedia on animals and zoology. In Babylon, a captive seized, A merchant brought her here, A wine so fine she might have been A doe-eyed woman’s tears. After his death we searched his house, and could only find one book-cover containing a quire of paper, in nuuwas was a collection of rare expressions and grammatical observations.

The handsome serving-boy returned to fill my empty glass: Hardcoverpages. Even the gentlest compliments to the boy are phrased in images that pack a knock-out punch.