Language Contacts in Arabic Poetry

Language contacts in poetry differ from other forms of linguistic contacts, allowing writers to merge formal specificities of distinct languages within a single poem. This paper focuses on contacts between Arabic and European languages in selected poems of Adonis (*1930) and Fuad Rifka (1930-2011),...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments (Band 13)
Main Author: Natour, Hanan
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2019
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
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Summary:Language contacts in poetry differ from other forms of linguistic contacts, allowing writers to merge formal specificities of distinct languages within a single poem. This paper focuses on contacts between Arabic and European languages in selected poems of Adonis (*1930) and Fuad Rifka (1930-2011), both of whom are Syrian-Lebanese by birth and have lived for many years in Western Europe: Adonis in France and Rifka in Germany. How, then, do both poets deal with contacts between Arabic and French or German in their poetry? Can poetry be a way of crossing boundaries by merging patterns of different languages into one?
ISSN:2196-629X
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2019.13.8077