By Margaret Larkin
This exhaustive and but captivating research considers the lifestyles and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), frequently considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A innovative at center and sometimes imprisoned or pressured into exile all through his tumultuous existence, al-Mutanabbi wrote either arguable satires and while hired by way of one among his many shoppers, laudatory panegyrics. using an ornate sort and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi was once one of many first to effectively stream clear of the usually inflexible kind of Arabic verse, the ‘qasida’.
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A n d do you know w hat w as torm en tin g m e at this tim e— the difficulty, the im possibility p erh ap s, o f reach in g san ctity by the road o f p ag an ism ; and w hen you sp ok e to m e, C la u d e l, o f o n e ’s “ abso lu te duty to be a sa in t,” did you guess th at you co u ld n o t h a v e said an y th in g to w h ich I sh ou ld react m ore v iolen tly ? A h ! H ow righ t 1 was to be ap p reh en sive o f m eetin g you! ”4 W h at was th is a cc ep tab le b attlegrou n d ? T h a t o f C h rist again st the C h u rch e s?
I am a t a tu rn in g p o in t where I w ant to deprive m yself, o n ce an d for all, o f th is en tirely in tellectu al ton e o f argu m en tatio n , w hich is too m u ch the to n e o f “ re ason in g” [l’avoir rai son], a n d rejoin an em o tio n al level th at w ould bear m e up to the fin al shore. ”1T h is sam e n eed seem s to sh arpen th e taste for G o d ; it testifies in i. C h arles Du Bos, Journal intime, v. 4 (Paris: C orrea, 1950), p. 72. G I D E , DU B O S , A N D T H E D E M O N 21 certain tem peram en ts to th e d issatisfactio n w ith w hich th eir co m m erce w ith d iv in e realities leaves th e rr^ M o re th an o n e page o f the Jou rnal reco u n ts th at, for C h a rle s Du Bos, th ese realities b elon ged to th e dom ain o f sen sib le e x p e rien ce, an d th at religiou s life— rather th an the em an cip ation o f the a e sth e te ’s jouissance— is the suprem e o b je ct o f th is jouissance.
For if it seem s to him to h av e the p o sitiv e virtu e o f th e damonische defin ed by G o eth e , w h ich , as D u Bos rep eats, is n o t sa ta n ic in th e C h ristian sen se, G id e is to o well versed w ith the m etam orp h oses o f th e D ev il to p lace any trust in such a flatterin g— because also u n ilateral— d efin itio n o f the demonic. 10 But e x a m in in g th ese tex ts closely, on e n o tic es th at only o n e th in g is in q u es tion: w h ether he is fooled by h is ow n ration alization s in the course o f d ia logues im provised w ithin his heart o f hearts.
Al-Mutanabbi: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis (Makers of the Muslim World) by Margaret Larkin