The Sonnet in the Modern Arab Poetry

Raed W. Jaradat


This paper aims at exploring the world of the sonnet in the modern Arabic poetry in light of its structure, its origin, and its content. After reviewing the history of the sonnet in the western poetry, mainly Shakespeare’s patterns, two major Arabic poets’ sonnets were presented and compared with their English counterparts. It was found that there are a lot of commonalities between the structural form of modern Arabic sonnets and those of Shakespeare’s. However, in light of content, Arabic modern poets varied in their employment of the sonnet and dedicated it to their own political views. Both Khaled Mostafa and Mahmoud Darwish imitated the Western style of the sonnets to express their own ideas and thoughts about their hometown, but with transparent way, unalike of Shakespeare’s ambiguous style.


Arabic Sonnet; Shakespearean sonnet; modern Arab poets; Elizabethan sonnets

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