qasida

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From Arabic قصيدة (qaṣīda).

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qasida (plural qasidas)

  1. An Arabic or Persian elegiac monorhyme poem, usually having a tripartite structure.
    • 1958, Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar:
      He was delighted to hear some music and listened with emotion to the wild qasidas that the old man sang – songs of the Arab canon full of the wild heart-sickness of the desert.
    • 2000: María Rosa Menocal, Raymond P. Scheindlin, The Literature of Al-Andalus
      The qasida is a formal multithematic ode addressed to a member of the elite in praise.

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