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The Poetic Voices of Ahmad Abd Al-Mu'ti Hijazi: 1950–2011
Arab Studies Quarterly
Vol. 35, No. 4 (Fall 2013), pp. 394-414
Published by: Pluto Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/arabstudquar.35.4.0394
Page Count: 21
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This article examines the poetic voices of Egyptian poet Ahmad Abd al-Mu'ti Hijazi in five representative poems written between 1950 and 2011. It investigates the role of major political events in the Arab world on his trajectory and poetic voice. The article argues that Hijazi changes his poetic voice in relation to the status quo in Egypt. The article concludes that these voices conflict and clash with one another. Hijazi publishes a collection of poetry after the eruption of the Egyptian Revolution in January 2011, to inspire his people, protest against Mubarak's regime, and regain his poetic voice.
© The Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies 2013