By Annemarie Schimmel
According to Schimmel, Persian poetry doesn't objective to be spontaneous in spirit or hugely own in shape. as a substitute it truly is rooted in conventions and principles of prosody, rhymes, and verbal instrumentation. preferably, each verse can be like a beneficial stone--perfectly shaped and multifaceted--and express the dynamic courting among daily truth and the transcendental.
Persian poetry, Schimmel explains, is extra just like medieval eu verse than Western poetry because it has been written because the Romantic interval. The attribute verse shape is the ghazal--a set of rhyming couplets--which serves as a car for shrouding in traditional tropes the poet's actual intentions.
Because Persian poetry is neither narrative nor dramatic in its total shape, its energy lies in an "architectonic" layout; every one accurately expressed snapshot is thoroughly geared up right into a trend of associated figures of speech. Schimmel exhibits that at its center Persian poetry transforms the realm right into a net of symbols embedded in Islamic culture.
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A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry by Annemarie Schimmel