From Bayt to Stanza: Arabic Khayāl and the Advent of Italian Vernacular Poetry

@article{Ladha2020FromBT,
  title={From Bayt to Stanza: Arabic Khayāl and the Advent of Italian Vernacular Poetry},
  author={Hassanaly Ladha},
  journal={Exemplaria},
  year={2020},
  volume={32},
  pages={1 - 31}
}
ABSTRACT At the twilight of Arabic literary culture in thirteenth-century Sicily, poets writing in the vernacular Italian use the term “stanza,” meaning a “dwelling,” to refer to a lyric strophe. Since there is no precedent for this use of the term “stanza” to refer to poetry, I suggest that “stanza” presents as a calque for Arabic “bayt,” meaning “dwelling” and a “unit of verse.” To understand how the implied relation between poetry and architecture might frame new approaches to the scuola… 
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