Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(1), pp. 51 - 60
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050104
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The Word against the Sword: Arabic Poetry in the Face of Despotism

Salaheldin Elgebily *
Arabic Department, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea


The relationship between authority and literature has been one of the closest and oldest relations. It originated when politicians realized the significant role of poetry in supporting political systems, or opposing them. The role which poetry played in ancient times is similar to the role played by the mass media in modern times; mobilizing masses and forming their lives. On the other hand, poets also realized the great influence of monarchs and politicians and the importance of their power over humans. The poets preferred being in the security zone next to the ruler, away from the circle of danger, in which the public are situated. To them, approaching the authority meant receiving grants, acquiring influential power and gaining the attention of broad sectors of people. This research is a brief attempt to understand the relationship between poetry and politics, and the enticements that mar it. It is a study of "the poets of rebellion and rejection", those milestones in the history of Arabic poetry, who stood in the face of the authority. Some of them paid their lives for their choice, while the others kept their lives, but they were marginalized and had to live on the outskirts of society.

Invective Verse, Rhyme, Encomiastic Verse, Political Poetry, Authority, Modern Arabic Poetry, Prose Poem, Muthaffar Al-Nawab, Mohamed Al-Maghout, The Modern Arab Poetry

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[1] Salaheldin Elgebily , "The Word against the Sword: Arabic Poetry in the Face of Despotism," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 51 - 60, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050104.

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Salaheldin Elgebily (2017). The Word against the Sword: Arabic Poetry in the Face of Despotism. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(1), 51 - 60. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050104.