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Abu ‘Abdollâh’ Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki (c. 880 CE-941 CE) was a poet to the Samanid court which ruled much of Khorâsân (northeastern Persia) from its seat in Bukhara. He is widely regarded as the father of Persian poetry, for he was the first major poet to write in New Persian language, following the Arab conquest in the seventh and eighth centuries, which established Islam as the official religion, and made Arabic the predominant literary language in Persian-speaking lands for some two centuries. This book presents Rudaki as the founder of a new poetic aesthetic, which was adopted by subsequent generations of Persian poets. Rudaki is credited with being the first to write in the rubâi form; and many of the images we first encounter in Rudaki’s lines have become staples of Persian poetry

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Series page, Title page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. The Poetry of Rudaki
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  1. Elegies
  1. On the death of the Amir’s father
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  1. The death of Morādi
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Shahid’s Caravan
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Panegyric poems
  1. The mother of wine
  2. pp. 34-49
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  1. May the Amir live long
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  1. Generosity
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  1. Juye-Muliyān
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  1. The pen and the harp
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Your justice
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. The essence of this world
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  1. Your friendship
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Poems of complaint
  1. What my soul was like
  2. pp. 66-71
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  1. The poet’s change of fortune
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. The poet in old age
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  1. Meditations on life, death and destiny
  1. Destiny’s door
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. It is useful to repent
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. The way of the world
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  1. This world is like a dream
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  1. Prey for this world
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  1. Life, short or long
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  1. This transient life
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  1. The world is a deceiving game
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  1. There was much to be sorry for
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  1. Thirteen-year-old bride
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  1. The song of the Zir
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  1. The pen
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  1. Love and its afflictions
  1. This breeze from Bukhārā
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  1. Devotion to love
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  1. My heart is a grain
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  1. In praise of the beloved
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  1. Crying for the beloved
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  1. Tortured by the beloved
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  1. The cruel beloved
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  1. Ayyār’s message
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  1. When the beloved drinks wine
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  1. Submission to the beloved
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  1. The beloved’s beauty
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  1. The beloved’s curls
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  1. Nature poems
  1. Spring
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  1. Mehregān
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  1. Hoopoe
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  1. Winter’s breath
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  1. Wine poems
  1. On drunkenness
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. The virtues of wine
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  1. Rubā‘iyāt
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789400600164
Related ISBN
9789087280925
MARC Record
OCLC
966859941
Pages
124
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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