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


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.

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.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol7no1.3


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Sabbar S. Sultan. Prof. in Modern English Literature.  Taught in different universities in the Arab  countries(1983-2021). Published 48 articles covering different aspects of European literature. Supervised 20 MA theses and participated in 21 International conferences. Translated 5 books in literary criticism and education.