Memory, Mimesis, and the Modern : The Literary Heritage in Māmayh’s Poetry
Māmayh ar-Rūmī ad-Dimašqī was one of the most significant Damascan poets in the 10th/16th century, whose verses were sung from Damascus to Yemen. Based on the current results of the ongoing edition of Māmayh's 'dīwān' ('Rawḍat al-muštāq wa-bahǧat al-ʿuššāq' "Garden of t...
|Date of publication on miami:||22.07.2022|
|Series:||Wissenschaftliche Schriften der WWU Münster / Reihe XII, Bd. 34|
|Edition statement:||[Electronic ed.]|
|Subjects:||Coffee; mukayyifāt; Māmayh; taḫmīs; taḍmīn; Arabic poetry in Ottoman times Kaffee; Cento-Dichtung; arabische Dichtung in der Osmanenzeit; aemulatio; literarische Moderne; Tradition und Moderne in der Dichtung|
|DDC Subject:||800: Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft
890: Andere Literaturen
|License:||CC BY 4.0|
|Additional physical forms:||Auch im Buchhandel erhältlich: Memory, Mimesis, and the Modern : The Literary Heritage in Māmayh’s Poetry / Alev Masarwa. – Hildesheim : Georg Olms Verlag, 2022. – 81 S. (Wissenschaftliche Schriften der WWU Münster : Reihe XII ; Bd. 34), ISBN 978-3-487-16216-4, Preis: 28,00 EUR|
Māmayh ar-Rūmī ad-Dimašqī was one of the most significant Damascan poets in the 10th/16th century, whose verses were sung from Damascus to Yemen. Based on the current results of the ongoing edition of Māmayh's 'dīwān' ('Rawḍat al-muštāq wa-bahǧat al-ʿuššāq' "Garden of the ardent yearner and the joy of the lovers") this study discusses a selection of poems in which the poet converses with the literary past by not only using mimetic and emulative techniques (like 'taḍmīn', 'iqtibās', and 'taḫmīs' poems) but also through the use of more modern styles, forms and topics (like 'ʿāṭil' verses, coffee poems, and vernacular poems). While the mimetic poems refer directly to the admired or canonized models of the past perpetuating the tradition into the poet's present, the focus of the contemporary topics in the 'dīwān' is on how the poet's present is connected to the poetic and aesthetic practices of the past. With the analysis of Māmayh’s poetry, the study offers evidence of the impressive literary and intellectual background of an initially Ottomanized and then 'Syrianized' (former soldier-) poet, as well as his tremendous poetic creativity in melding together the 'old' and the 'new' in his verse.