Ali Ahmed Said), "the search for the self, and the return of the self, but by means of a perpetual exodus away from the self." Here is the last movement of Imru
al-Qays's qasida, the tribal boast, which in this case turns into a magnificent, panoramic description of torrential desert rains that in their gathering force bespeak an elan vital, an inexorable all-enveloping force of nature that unifies the material world and its heavenly counterpart:
'If my actions grieve you' comes from the Mu'allaqa of Imru
al-Oays, translated by Basima Berzirgan and Elizabeth Fernea in Cultural Expression in Arab Society by Jacques Berque, (University of Texas Press, 1978, p.111).
"We Will Choose Sophocles" switches to the collective in a discourse that weaves ancient and contemporary identity, a gentle living "the taste of small differences among the seasons," where "the mallow climbs the ancient shields / and its red flowers hide what the sword has done to the name." Another significance of the poem stems from the mention of two literary characters placed in opposition: Imru
' el-Qyss, prince of Kinda, the great pre-Islamic (Jahili) Arab poet, who sought Caesar's help (to avenge his father's murder) and failed and died as consequence of this option; and Sophocles, who rejected and mocked political authority and power.
Or you can go on marches, or you can go and break windows," the New York Posted quoted him, as telling IMRU
Radio in LA.
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Briefly, the story goes way back to Los Angeles [in the 70's], where I was involved with IMRU
, the Gay Radio Program, and the national social club called Gay Sexual Freedom (GSF).
' al-Qais of the Banu Kinda tribe and a descendant from the
(16.) Although other mu c allaqat collections contains nine or ten odes, they always share seven common poems: those of Imru
' al-Qays, Tarafa b.
Some sort of partially individualized author has long existed in traditional Arab society and literature, certainly long before English empiricism and French rationalism, from famous pre-Islamic tribal poets to the court poets of the Umayyad and Abbasid eras (Imru
' al-Qays, 'Umar ibn Rabi'a, al-Mutanabbi, Abu Nuwas, etc.).
' al-Qays compares a beloved's fingers to "sand-worms of Zaby" or tooth-picks "of ishil-wood" and he admires how "tenderly plump" her ankles are.
The predominant legend cites Imru
' al-Qays as the youngest son of Hujr, the last king of Kindah.