Judges' Poetry in the Middle Era – Egypt and al-Sham

Abstract

The middle era is one of the eras that induced a debate among those who study Arabic literature. The debate itself has been tackled by many studies some of which are printed and some are theses. The present study deals with a controversial issue related to the poetry of a particular class of the middle era society that did not pay a special attention to literature or poetry. Studying poetry according to this view gives us an idea about the position and importance of poetry in that era. Previously the researcher had stopped at the study of Arabic society in the middle era through poetry of craftsmen which truly reflects the reality of Arabic society and its ways of living. As far as Judges' poetry, the researcher classified the subjects according to what the judges had in mind and how they put it in an artistic composition reflecting their feelings in response to the situations they faced