Arabian Poetry

W. A. Clouston

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Arabian Poetry by W. A. Clouston was first published in 1881. It is an anthology of 19th century Orientalist translations of Arabian poetry, many of which are very rare, as is this particular book. Most of the included works either predated Islam or were contemporary, so there are many fascinating bits of pre-Islamic lore. Included is the Moallakat, or the 'Hanged' Poems, a collection of seven pre-Islamic poets whose works were once displayed (i.e. 'hanged') in the Ka'ba. Another highlight is a synopsis of the 'Romance of Antar,' an oral saga of a brave prince of old Arabia.

This book has 132,704 words, 246 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1881.

Production notes: This ebook of Arabian Poetry was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 13th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Midday Meal, Cairo' by John Frederick Lewis.

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