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She's a Work of Art Recitation
12017-10-10T20:53:10+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282411Recitation by Sād Sheylplain2017-10-10T20:53:10+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a12824
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12017-10-10T20:51:40+00:00She's a Work of Art7poemplain2018-06-05T02:06:39+00:00Composed and recited by Sād Sheyl, recorded by Sam Liebhaber at one of Sād’s seasonal camp sites in the mountains (śḥēr) above Ḥawf, March 2004. Translated with the help of Muḥammad bir Nǧēma ʾĀmr Ǧīd al-Mahri in Ṣalālah, February 2012.
The following poem is fairly self-explanatory: the poet describes his regard for “the daughter of Fʾāmōn”: Fann. Fann is an Arabic word meaning “art”; there is abundant wordplay in this poem between her personal name and the meaning of her name in Arabic. Words or phrases in boldface presented some difficulty to myself or Muḥammad bir Nǧēma.