Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | The Impact of Myth-Making in Modern Anglo-American Poetry on Modern Arabic Poetry
N701 | 28544 | Azouqa


During the second decade of twentieth century, Anglo-American poets,
like many of their western peers, succeeded in breaking away from
the constraints of the prevailing traditions through devising a new
set of poetics that heavily relied on myths in the form of images
and symbols. In the Arab World, the break did not occur until the
1950s when Arab poets began to emulate their Anglo-American peers.
Through focusing on the poetics of mythmaking in the work of W. B.
Yeats and T. S. Eliot, the course examines their impact on the
poetry of Badr Shakir al Sayyab, Adonis, Salah Abd al-Sabur, and Abd
al-Wahhab al-Bayati, through a selection of poems in their English
translations.
Because the course focuses on influence, it commences by clarifying
the significance and the scope of literary influence within the
context of Comparative Literature as an academic discipline. It also
relies heavily on the poetics of modern Anglo-American poetry to
explain its impact on Arabic poetry. Finally, by using a wide range
of critical approaches, the course aims at clarifying the
significance and the implication of using myth in Arabic poetry to
determine to what extend the inclusion of myth liberated the Arab
poet and gave him more room for innovation and excellence.