Poetry in Asir

Poetry in Asir

Publishing House: Al Enteshar Al Arabi

Publication Year: 2016

Genre: Criticism

Number of Pages: 1137

Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Taihani, a respected faculty member at King Khalid University and an active member of the Abha Literary Club’s Board, has authored an extensive book titled “Poetry in Asir from 1351 to 1430 AH.” This work offers an in-depth exploration of poetry from the Asir region during a significant era in Saudi history, highlighting the area’s poetic contributions.

In the foreword, Al-Taihani dedicates his book to his parents. He expresses gratitude and fulfills his father’s aspiration: “To my father, Abdullah bin Ahmad Al-Taihani: Your cherished wish is now realized.” He also acknowledges his mother, Aisha bint Ahmad Al-Dhiban: “Your prayers are answered… here is my effort’s fruit, a gesture of respect.”

The first volume of “Poetry in Asir” spans 1200 pages across two volumes. It begins with a historical introduction, defining Asir’s geographical scope. Al-Taihani traces the term “Asir” from Al-Hamdani’s earliest use in the 4th century AH to its modern designation. The volume includes two chapters: a study of poetic sources in Asir and an analysis of traditional poetic themes. It examines over 100 diwans, manuscripts, journalistic and historical sources, biographies, and anthologies.

Exploring Asir’s Poetic Landscape: Al-Taihani’s Comprehensive Analysis in ‘Poetry in Asir

The second volume offers an artistic study in four chapters. It explores poem structures, language, imagery, and musicality, concluding with a comprehensive summary and indexes.

Al-Taihani’s work delves into Asir’s history, customs, and culture, primarily through local poetry. It includes critical observations on Asir’s poetic language, local terms, and colloquial versus dictionary meanings. The book also examines local poetic forms, artistic imagery sources, and variations in poetic meters compared to other Saudi regions.

In his concluding remarks, Al-Taihani addresses research challenges. Challenges included diverse post-1400 AH poets, accessing pre-1390 AH poetry, and objectively critiquing friends and mentors.

Al-Taihani emphasizes his commitment to objective, impartial critique throughout the book. His approach ensures critical scrutiny without compromising courtesy, adhering to a fair evaluation of all texts.

The “Poetry in Asir” study won the King Abdulaziz Book Award 2019 (Literature category) for its comprehensive analysis of Asir’s poetry from 1351 to 1430 AH, showcasing the region’s rich poetic heritage during a historically fertile period.

Al-Taihani’s Insightful Study on Saudi Literature’s Regional Nuances

The study is integral to understanding the broader context of Saudi literature, considering the country’s vast geographical diversity. Al-Taihani’s research underlines the relationship between literature and location, revealing shared influences across different regions.

“Poetry in Asir” observes themes and artistic traits in a period marked by significant literary flourishing, demonstrating the unprecedented growth of poetry in Asir during these eighty years. The study highlights the impact of birthplace and upbringing on the human psyche, influencing literature and art with varying implications for the author’s connection to place and shared literary influences.

The study methodically includes an introduction, a preliminary section, two parts with six chapters, and a conclusion with indexes. These elements collectively provide a thorough exploration of Asir’s poetic landscape, enriching our understanding of Saudi Arabia’s poetic heritage.

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