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Poetry and Poets
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Composition in metrical and rhymed language; and those who compose such compositions. By the time the Prophet was born, Arabic poetry had long been the key cultural register of the language. Other literary forms, particularly oratory and story telling, had important cultural roles but it was poetry that dominated (see pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān; literary structures of the qurʾān; orality and writing in arabia). It is uncertain when this poetry ( shiʿr), which has no functional parallel in any of the other Semitic languages (see rhymed prose ), first came into being, but it …

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Jones, Alan, “Poetry and Poets”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00332>

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