AL-MA’ARRILife & PoemsTranslation & Introduction Paul SmithAbu‘l- ‘Ala al-Ma’arri was born in Ma’arra, south of Aleppo in Syria in 973 A.D. He achieved fame as one of greatest of Arab Sufi poets. Al-Ma’arri was stricken with smallpox whenMoreAL-MA’ARRILife & PoemsTranslation & Introduction Paul SmithAbu‘l- ‘Ala al-Ma’arri was born in Ma’arra, south of Aleppo in Syria in 973 A.D.
He achieved fame as one of greatest of Arab Sufi poets. Al-Ma’arri was stricken with smallpox when four and became blind. His early poems in ruba’i form gained great popularity. As he grew older, he was able to travel to Aleppo, Antioch and other Syrian cities. Al-Ma’arri spent 18 months at Baghdad, then the centre of learning and poetry, leaving to return to his native town. There he created the Luzumiyyat, a famous collection of 1592 poems. On return, his presence in al-Ma’arri drew many people who came to hear him lecture on poetry and rhetoric.
Introduction includes The Life and Works of al-Ma’arri… Forms in which he composed, Selected Bibliography. The correct rhyme & meaning of these, powerful, spiritual poems has been achieved. Introduction to Sufi Poets Series. 90 pages.COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH’S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ’S ‘DIVAN’.“It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance.
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