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By Hugh Kennedy

The center East has a poetic list stretching again 5 millennia. during this detailed booklet, top students draw upon this legacy to discover the ways that poets, from the 3rd millennium BC to the current day, have answered to the consequences of struggle. They take care of fabric in a large choice of languages together with Sumerian, Hittite, Akkadian, biblical and smooth Hebrew, and classical and modern Arabic and diversity from the destruction of Ur in 1940 BC to the poetry of Hamas and Hezbollah. a few poems are heroic in tone, celebrating victory and the prowess of warriors, others mirror keenly at the ache that conflict motives. the result's a piece that provides clean insights into the poetry of the center East and offers a different mirrored image of the ways that this so much violent and pervasive of human actions has been mirrored in several cultures.

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Warfare and poetry in the Middle East

The center East has a poetic list stretching again 5 millennia. during this specified e-book, best students draw upon this legacy to discover the ways that poets, from the 3rd millennium BC to the current day, have spoke back to the consequences of struggle. They care for fabric in a wide selection of languages together with Sumerian, Hittite, Akkadian, biblical and smooth Hebrew, and classical and modern Arabic and diversity from the destruction of Ur in 1940 BC to the poetry of Hamas and Hezbollah.

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103. 56. 57. 58. 462. 47 Revenge generally does not figure as a principal theme in Sumerian city laments. 295–310). 48 Though it has been argued that the Sumerian city laments, and the Ur Lament in particular, influenced the biblical Book of Lamentations, the issue remains a matter of dispute. Following a comparative study of the texts, Thomas McDaniel concluded that any such claim of literary dependence should be abandoned, since the similarities are only of a general nature and there is no evidence of literary transmission from Sumerian to Hebrew sources (see Thomas F.

The witness turns to Jerusalem, telling her to give free and unfettered rein to her feelings: Cry with a full heart to the Lord O wall of the daughter of Zion; let your tears run down like a torrent by day and by night Give yourself not a moment’s rest, let your tears never cease (2:18) His words prompt Jerusalem’s descent into the abyss of grief that terminates Chapter Two. In the lucid structure of the Basra Elegy, the theme of mourning is not woven into a dialogue but occupies the introductory section, with the poet himself assuming the persona of the mourner.

69–80. 16 To be noted here is the detailed structural analysis of the book undertaken by Johan Renkema, which reveals numerous interconnections between the five chapters that show them to be ‘a well-thought out composition’ possibly composed by poets working as together as a team. See Johan Renkema, ‘The Literary Structure of Lamentations I – IV’ in Willem van den Meer and Johannes C. 391. 379. 321–334). 19 For a different view on the lack of acrostics in the final chapter of Lamentations see William F.

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