Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.

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To make sweet music, and to please, That is a gift of God alone.

Not to accept that is to ignore the quite stunning imagination of the poet and his unsurpassed mastery of Arabic. Kobra Moradi marked it as to-read Jul 26, Later ppoetry In Arabic literature: Depending on which biography is consulted, Abu Nuwas either died in prison or was poisoned by Ismail bin Abu Sehl, or both.

Poems of Wine and Revelry: The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwas

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Here are two examples: Chiara rated it really liked it Mar 23, Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. Hakim cites several charming anecdotes in which the very wit that got Abu Nuwas in trouble in the first place caused the exasperated Caliph to smile and forgive just as he was about to issue the order for the poet’s execution.

Spiritus Mundi on Amazon, Book I: Mona marked it as to-read Apr 03, You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. He wrote with an existential edge to his Epicurean ethos that embraced every kind of pleasure and satisfaction.

Abu Nuwas: the controversial poet and his most beautiful verses

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook account. But drink among roses a rose-red wine, A drought that descends in the drinker’s throat, bestowing its redness on eyes and cheeks. However, his poems on wine khamriyyathomosexual love mudhakkarat and ribaldry majouniyyat are his best known and have earned him his notoriety. This poem also reveals how far Hakim is willing to go to bring Abu Nuwas fully up to date: Eyes, feel free to enjoy his face, his lazy exquisite pliancy.


Despite the religious Law, which utterly condemns homosexuality, Islamic society has often taken a tolerant view of pederasty; a great deal of Sufi poetry is composed in the form of love-songs to boys.

Abu Nuwas’s knack for repartee seems not only to have undone his rivals, but can actually be credited with saving his life. But where the Sufis came to maintain a literary self-image of chaste longing and aesthetic appreciation the cult of “Gazing at the Unbearded”Abu Abbu wrote poems about kissing, masturbation, frottage and anal intercourse with real live, unsymbolic boys.

Never before in real life nor in art have I found one so beautifully slender — so thin you might almost disappear if I couldn’t see you shining.

Abu Nuwas: the controversial poet and his most beautiful verses

Arab, one whose native language is Arabic. A traditionalist in one sense, she wrote poems of lament for brave fallen heroes of her tribe, such as her fallen brothers, yet celebrated the women who remained alive and powerful in keeping life going and honoring and transmitting the proud warrior values to their children, despite the vicissitudes of battle, defeat and victory.

His waist is a sapling, his face a moon, And loveliness rolls off his nuwax cheek I die of love for you, but keep this secret: Well, milk is drunk by men nuqas lives are soft and tame; When milk turns sour just piss in it and feel no sense ;oetry shame!

Striving after divine poetfy in diverse ways, from devout meditation to the ecstatic pleasures of wine, sexuality and the Dervish entrancement of dance, he emphasized a devotion to a spiritualized love that disregards rites and convention and concentrates on inner feeling and approach to the ecstatic infinite.


I’m a mine of luxury — dig me. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Apr 14, Steve added it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Muslims believe the Quran to be verbally revealed through Angel Gabriel Jibril from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately 23 years beginning from AD, when Muhammad was pooetry, to AD, the year of his death.

What emerges is a likeable, if rather louche, character with an outrageous sense of humour, sharp wit, unaccompanied by malice, and considerable poefry who let no convention save, on occasion, the order of the caliph, restrain him in his pursuit of life’s sensual pleasures. He wrote pangyric poetry as well as heterosexual and homosexual ghazals, and handled Bacchic poems of “wine, women and song” with incomparable skill.

Spiritus Mundi on Goodreads: The poetry was the poetry of the tribe or clan, articulating its legends, heroes, geneology, iteration of its strong “tribal code” of norms and exploits.

Abdullah Alotibi marked it as to-read Oct 23, In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. I should add that translating anything from Arabic is a great accomplishment This was probably a labor of love, but not one by a poet. Marwan Saade marked it as to-read Feb 09, The waiter gently poured her out, The bubbles looked to me Like eyes of crickets peeking out Beneath the wings of bees.

Abu Nuwas was born in Persia, most likely sometime during the s, and lived until

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