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 Title: FORMAL STRUCTURE IN THE LYRIC POETRY OF ʿABD ALLĀH IBN AL-MUʿTAZZ Authors: Cohen, Elisabeth Helen Advisors: Hamori, Andras P Contributors: Near Eastern Studies Department Keywords: Arabic poetrydigital humanitiesformal poetryIbn al-Mutazzpoetic structuresimiles Subjects: Near Eastern studies Issue Date: 2012 Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Abstract: This dissertation studies the lyric poetry of Abd Allah Ibn al-Mutazz, the Abbasid poet, literary critic, and caliph of one day, with the aim of contributing to scholarly understanding of Ibn al-Mutazz's poetic practice in particular and lyric poetry in general. In surveying the lyric corpus, we identify some structural trends that broadly apply to short poems. First, certain formal features (such as direct address) tend to gravitate towards the beginnings of such poems, while others (such as similes) tend to gravitate towards the ends. Second, formal features are found to occur in a mostly complementary distribution between a class of genres dubbed "argumentative" and a class dubbed "descriptive". Combining statistical techniques with traditional close-reading, we demonstrate these trends and consider their implications within the corpus and beyond it. The introductory chapter introduces and situates both Ibn al-Mutazz and the major themes of the thesis. The first chapter identifies and closely examines the aforementioned structural trends as they occur in lyric couplets. The second chapter expands these findings to poems of all lengths, observing a distinction between short poems (where these trends are evident) and long poems (where they are not). The third chapter applies the same findings to anthology corpora, providing evidence that some of the structural trends found in short poems of the lyric corpus are also found in the short lyric selections that were transmitted in classical anthologies; it also examines qasidas by Ibn al-Mutazz and finds some limited applicability of the trends beyond the lyric genres. The fourth chapter returns to a close-reading of lyric poems by Ibn al-Mutazz, demonstrating how the baseline expectations supplied by a statistical corpus study can be used to analyze an individual poem as literature. URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp019306sz343 Alternate format: The Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the library's main catalog Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.) Language: en Appears in Collections: Near Eastern Studies