Alkama Ibn Abada

Alkama Ibn Abada

 

Years of birth and death unknown. Arabian poet in the first half of the sixth century, from the tribe of Tamim.

Alkama ibn Abada is one of the best-known poets of the pre-Islamic period. He was a master of the qasida. His verses are typical examples of bedouin poetry, with detailed descriptions of the desert animal world. In his themes and style, as well as in his predilection for polysyllabic and flowing meters, he is similar to Imru ul-Kais, but Alkama’s verses show a more elaborate technique of description.

REFERENCES

Socin, A. Die Gedichte des Alkama Alfahl. Leipzig, 1867.
Grünebaum, G. von. “Zur Chronologie der früharabischen Dich-tung,” Orientalia, 1939, vol. 8, no. 4.