AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 1. February 2023 Pp.33-45
Lamie’ah Abbas Imara and the Bitter-Sweet Craft of Poetry
Sabbar S. Sultan
Independent Researcher, Amman, Jordan
Received: 11/21/2022 Accepted: 02/09/2023 Published: 02/24/2023
The Iraqi poet, Lamie’ah Abbas Imara (1929-12021) is one of the problematic figures in the 1950s-1960s whose relations with cultural and artistic names in her time raised endless controversy. Some critics find that most of her poetry is confessional and that her poems are written in direct, sometimes shocking, language without any need for a mediator or interpreter. The present paper discusses two tasks simultaneously. The major part rests in giving a translation of five of her major poems written in different times. The other point centers on giving a brief account of this polarizing figure in modernist poetry in Iraq and her attitude toward the craft of poetry in its advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this paper is to have a perceptive view of this poet and her type of poetry. The themes she dealt with throughout her long career are key points here. Further, the article seeks to find out the reasons that keep scholars and critics away from her work, for all its particularity and grace. The conclusion shows how Lamie’ah deals with her poetry and its specific features when compared to that of her contemporaries.
Key Words: displacement, , lamie’ah Abbas Imara, Iraqi poetry,love, passion
Cite as: Sultan, S. S. (2023). Lamie’ah Abbas Imara and the Bitter-Sweet Craft of Poetry Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 7 (1). 33-45.
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