Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.
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Two poems of Abu Nuwas, Islamic poet of male love
Free love and good wine were recurring and rather common themes in their writings. Chief among this new breed of poets was Abu Nuwas.
Abu Nuwas was born in Persia, most likely sometime during the s, and lived until He pioneered the genres qbu Khamriyyat wine poetry and Ghazal love poetry as they took off during the Abbassid caliphate. Not only did Abu Nuwas take the traditional poetic form of the Qasida and write many poems in praise of wine, his main occupation was writing erotic poetry addressed to both men and women.
Abu Nuwas: the controversial poet and his most beautiful verses
By Ola Kseroof Contributor. Post Islam, some Arabic poetry steered away from taboo topics such as sex and alcohol. Here are a few excerpts of his most beautiful poems on love and wine: Abu Nuwas had a very simple solution for woes and troubles.
Get on with yourself, and drink a fine vintage instead: Golden-hued, it mingles with water and froth As it pours from the hand of a slim-waisted beauty, Who resembles a willow branch, flaunting its graceful bearing. But drink among roses a rose-red wine, A drought that descends in the drinker’s throat, bestowing its redness on eyes and cheeks.
The wine is a ruby, the glass is a pearl, served by the hand of a slim-fingered girl, Who serves you the wine from her hand, and wine from her mouth — doubly drunk, for sure, will you be!
Poems of Wine and Revelry: The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwas by أبو نواس
Abu Nuwas expressed his fondness of handsome young men, which contributed even more to his reputation. My eyes are fixed upon his delightful body And I do not wonder at his beauty.
His waist is a sapling, his face a moon, And loveliness rolls off his rosy cheek I die of love for you, but keep this secret: The tie that binds us is an ahu rope.
How much time did your creation take, O angel? All I want is to sing your praises. When we meet, I delight in what the Book forbids.
And flee what is allowed.