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Title: Romanticism and symbolism in the poetry of Badr Shakir as-Sayyab
Author: Heseltine, Paul
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The object of this research was to discover to what extent Badr Shakir as-Sayyab was a Romantic, the exact nature of his Romanticism, and the part played by Symbolism in his verse. As-Sayyab's literary career is normally divided into the Romantic, the Committed or Symbolic, and finally the Subjective which is often seen as a return to his early Romantic tendencies. It has however become clear in the course of this study that as-Sayyab was a Romantic from his earliest verse and remained one throughout his life. But his Romanticism was not restricted to the negative genre of Arabic verse of the 1930s and 1940s (Chapter I) but extended beyond into the realms of more genuine Romantic theories which make the individual's expression of emotion and convictions the mainstay of literature and art generally. Thus as-Sayyab's Romanticism can be divided into three major phases. Because he borrowed many Symbolist devices but employed them within a Romantic framework, he should perhaps be called a "Symbolist Romantic" (Chapter V). Thus as-Sayyab always relied on his personal expression of ideas and emotions in his verse and shunned artificiality and escapism, and was undoubtedly one of the great masters of Romantic verse.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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