A Literary History of Persia by E.G. Browne

By E.G. Browne

Browne's recognized paintings, first released in 1902, was once the fundamental textual content on literary historical past in Persian reports for a few years. As an outline of Persian literature from the earliest instances until eventually Firdawsi, it is still a necessary reference. Out of print for your time, it truly is now reissued as a library variation, in facsimile to seize the texture of the unique variation.

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Prose (nathr) is of three kinds—simple or unornate (‘árí, “naked”); cadenced (murajjaz), which has metre without rhyme; and rhymed (musajja‘), which has rhyme without metre. Concerning the first variety nothing need be said. The second demands more attention, since its recognition as a separate species of prose depends on what may be described as a theological dogma. , the foot fá‘ilátun (— — —) repeated six times in the bayt or verse and apocopated to fá‘ilát (— —) at the end of each miṣrá‘ or hemistich.

Eleven different verse-forms, or varieties of poem, are enumerated by Rückert (ed. Pertsch, p.

Even the most imperfect book, if it breaks fresh ground, may, though itself doomed to oblivion, prepare the way for a better. EDWARD G. BROWNE. SEPTEMBER 14, 1902. Contents Volume 1 I. RETROSPECTIVE AND INTRODUCTORY II. THE GHAZNAWÍ PERIOD, UNTIL THE DEATH OF SULṬÁN MAḤMÚD III. THE EARLY SELJÚQ PERIOD, FROM THE RISE OF ṬUGHRIL BEG TILL THE DEATH OF MALIKSHÁH, INCLUDING THE ORIGIN OF THE ORDER OF THE ASSASSINS IV. THE LITERATURE OF THE EARLY SELJÚQ PERIOD: THE NIDHÁMU’L-MULK AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES V.

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