Al-'Alawi and Frost: Poetic visions
This study compares two poetic visions from two different literatures, cultures, and traditions, Salih Al-'Alawi's (1902-1976) and Robert Frost's (1874-1963). Al-'Alawi is an Arab modern poet whose vision is romantic mystical. Frost is a modern American poet whose work is informed by elements of mysticism. The study compares the poets' literary contexts, poetics, and selected lyrics. The comparison focuses on lyrics that reflect the depth of the two poets' visions, their mystical dimension.
The study has four chapters: chapter one explains the general and literary contexts in which the two poets established themselves; chapter two discusses how critics responded to the poetry of the two poets; chapter three clarifies the poets' views, expressed in their prose, about poetry and where its beauty comes from; chapter four focuses on the development of the poetic visions of the two poets. Al-'Alawi's roots are found in Ibn Arabi's thought, whereas Frost' s roots are related to Emerson's, Darwin's and William James's thought.
Middle Eastern literature
0591: American literature
0315: Middle Eastern literature