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Hist 2530 Professor Powers 9/4/08 Reflection on “The Mu’allaqa” This poem seems to encompass the essence of a qasida, or oral poem recited by the nomads who roamed the Arabian peninsula shortly before the birth of Muhammad. In it there are many references to nature, especially that of the desert. Specifically, a large section is devoted to the description of a gazelle (or a similar animal) and its surroundings. Also, in the opening, a great deal of attention is given to the natural setting, such as the mention of the open sky and clouds, rocks and sand, etc. Because the nomads spent most of their lives roaming the desert, the terrain must have been an integral part of their lifestyle
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Unformatted text preview: and is thus reflected in their poetry. Another large part of nomad/Bedouin life was that of blood-feuds and warfare. Thus the many references to weapons and dying, such as the fatal end of the gazelle, are present in this poem. The writer of the poem explains that he himself goes everywhere armed, “tribe-defender, sword on a fiery stead”. Finally, the notion of the tribe and loyalty to it along with the mentality of defending the tribe is incorporated. This seems to be a very important theme that the poet intends to emphasize. The way he concludes with stresses put on tribe mentality show that it was a pivotal part of his poem and thus reflective of his lifestyle....
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