The riddle offers the poet a means to demonstrate his artistic accomplishment in a compact composition, and secure his social, professional and personal position at the court and in cultured circles. The aesthetic of puzzlement that happens outside the riddle and around it, was much appreciated at courts.
This book is the first study of Persian literary riddles to appear in English. It translates and analyses a wide range of complex riddling poems from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, including the masters of the genre. It also analyses the relationship between metaphors and riddles and the genre of literary description (wasf).
A.A. Seyed- Gohrab
Enigmatic Embellishments in Early Persian Poetry
Iranian Studies Series
15 x 22 cm
ISBN 978 90 5170 858 5
ISS 3 Co-published with Purdue UP ISBN-13: 978-55753- 467-5 $ 38,00 (USA & Canada)