Al-Asha | Life and Poetic Career

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Al-Asha | Life and Poetic Career

 

Al-Asha | Life and Poetic Career

Al-Asha | Life and Poetic Career

Al-Asha | Life and Poetic Career

Brief Life Sketch: Al-Asha was a prominent poet of the pre-Islamic era. His real name was Maymun Bin Kayes. His birth date is unknown. But it is speculated that he was born into a simple family in a place called Najad in the first half of the sixth century but by means of his poetic genius he established himself as an honorable and influential person. The word ‘al-Asha’ means ‘a person with poor eyesight’. This suggests that his eyesight was poor.

It is known from his poems that he had good relations with the then King of Heera and the Czech rulers of Persia. From his poems, it is also known that once the king of Heera captured some people and animals of his tribe and at the request of Al-Asha, the king released them. Another poem states that two of his tribesmen were once held captive by some leading men in Iraq and were released through the mediation of al-Asha. These events show that Al-Asha was an influential and dignified man.

It is said that he once went to Madina to meet the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and wrote a poem praising the Prophet.

But the Quraish of Mecca thought that if an influential person like Al-Asha would meet Hazrat Mohammad and convert to Islam then the influence and strength of Islam would increase a lot so they persuaded him not to meet the Prophet and offered him a hundred camels as gifts.

He died in his hometown in 629 AD.

Poetic Career: Al-Asha wrote a number of short poems. At present, only 2,000 lines of his poetry have been found. Most of his poems are satirical. Some of his poems are tragic. In addition to describing the physical beauty of his beloved in his love poems, he also mentions the mental state of his beloved. The issue of sectarian strife is also present in his poems.

As a poet, his language was a mixture of complexity and simplicity. Although he used rhythm in his poems, he was not aware of the rhythmic consistency.

Al-Asha, through his poetry, made significant strides in the development of pre-Islamic poetry. 0 0 0.

Read More: A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Early Islamic Period (622 AD-661 AD)

N.B. This article originally belongs to the book entitled ‘A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Pre-Islamic Period (500 AD-622 AD) by Menonim Menonimus.

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