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Volume :35 Issue : 137 2017      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Harbingers of Modernism in Ilya Abu Madi's Al-Jadawil (in Arabic).

Auther : Nayef Al-Ajlouni

Influenced by major members of the society of "al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya," Abu Madi's poetic experience, in the height of its maturity and transference from traditional to new style, presented an example of a moderate Arabic modernism, fusing the past with the present, the traditional with the contemporary, the Arabian with the Western. This example presents a typical instance of the continuum of modern Arabic poetry from Romanticism to the "Free verse'' movement. His third collection, Al-Jadawil, offers an example of the first seeds that paved the way for this movement. In this collection, Abu Madi expressed insights and intellectual stands different from traditional prevalent thought concerning the relationship between man and his world - an attitude that admits a "relativity'' of truth in human knowledge and that is governed by uncertainty, suspicion and existential anxiety. Such harbingers in vision, attitude and tone seem to have become more prominent in the poetry of Arabic modernism in the period following Arabic romanticism.
Abu Madi's poetic achievement, however, did not stop there, but it was accompanied by renewing poetic devices and aesthetic values immanent in those attitudes and visions, ensuring the complete unity of form and content in the poetic work. His liberal views of man, life and the world are embodied in a contemporary language model, combined with an imaginative capability to create fantastic transparent poetic images and a flowing rhythmic structure in harmony with other components in the poetic text. In brief, Abu Madi's poetic experience could be said to have emphasized the ability of a moderate modernism to respond to the conditions of social, cultural and literary change, paving the way for another subsequent modernism.

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