Jaykour in the Poetry of Shayyab

Jaykour, a small village in Basra province, is considered not only as al-Sayyab hometown but a river that irrigates gardens and trees of his poems and ode. This village is not merely his nursing place or childhood play ground rather it is considered as living soul which feeds growing sapling in deep spirit of human being downtrodden by tyrants oppressors whose representatives seems to be the city, whose shadow of death cast upon the life of citizens and especially over migrant strangers. In Badr’s viewpoint, the village is a very fortune star, where the poet rides over a flying white horse, visualizes it as a star lightening the night for the wanderers.If we look closely at the poetical works of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, we could come across four stages of his literary life i.e. romantic, figurative, realism, and self recurrence. We would see that Jaykour is a source of what one may visualize and is a symbol of wishes and prospects. It is an entity that lives and resurrects dead peoples; it is a beating heart that is flowing blood into humans’ veins. Jaykour is an overall prosperity through which the poet opens his wings and gets affinity with until he forgets his misery and poverty in the city. This paper intends to study this myth taking into account some of the poet’s odes. A mystery about which the poet stated himself: “Jaykour is my poetical works…”
Iranian Association of Arabic Language and Literature, Volume:6 Issue: 2, 2010
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