8. The Rajaz Poets
(397 words)

In volume 1 | book 1, The National Literature of the Arabs | Section 3, The Period of the Umayyads

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While in pagan times the rajaz (Suppl. I, 22) had only been used in improvisations, under the Umayyads it received special attention from some poets, particularly as a way of honing their qaṣīda technique. They sought to compensate for the simplicity of the rajaz metre by embellishing it with rather obscure expressions. |⁶⁰ Indeed, the two most important representatives of this movement are rightly seen as having enriched the Arabic lexicon…

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Carl Brockelmann, “8. The Rajaz Poets”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_113080>
First published online: 2017

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