Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad
'Antarah Ibn Shaddad al-'Absi was a pre-Islamic Arabian hero and poet (525-608) famous both for his poetry and his adventurous life. What many consider his best or chief poem is contained in the Mu'allaqat. The account of his life forms the basis of a long and extravagant romance.
Antarah was born in Najd (northern Saudi Arabia). He was the son of Shaddad, a well-respected member of the Arabian tribe of Banu Abs, his mother was named Zabibah, an Ethiopian woman, whom Shaddad had enslaved after a tribal war. The tribe neglected Antara at first, and he grew up in servitude. Although it was fairly obvious that Shaddad was his father. He was considered one of the ... more »
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Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad Poems
The Poem of Antar
Have the poets left in the garment a place for a patch to be patched by me; and did you know the abode of your beloved after reflection?2 The vestige of the house, which did not speak, confounded thee, until it spoke by means of signs, like one deaf and dumb.
The Ode of Ántara (Alternate Translation...
HOW many singers before me! Are there yet songs unsung? Dost thou, my sad soul, remember where was her dwelling place?
The eyelids of maidens
Behind their veils glimmer apparently As if the sharp blade of the sword stabbing my heart fiercely If they are unsheathed, the brave man becomes coward readily And his eyeholes turn ulcerated replete with tears shed heavily
O, dwellings tell me; where your inhabit...
And to where their cameleers proceed along or halting? Yesterday thy place showed sociable deer played joyfully .But today the craws caw instead of them gloomily. O, Ablah's dwelling where Ablah's tribe is camped.
Antarah Pours Out His Heart
My sin against Ablah is beyond remission; Became obvious when the morning of life
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The Poem of Antar
Have the poets left in the garment a place for a patch to be patched by me; and did you know the abode of your beloved after reflection?2
The vestige of the house, which did not speak, confounded thee, until it spoke by means of signs, like one deaf and dumb.
Verily, I kept my she-camel there long grumbling, with a yearning at the blackened stones, keeping and standing firm in their own places.
It is the abode of a friend, languishing in her glance, submissive in the embrace, pleasant of smile.
Oh house of 'Ablah situated at Jiwaa, talk with me about those who ...