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Antara [Poetic Inspiration] Ask About Me If You Know Not

Antara Hal la Saalti Al-Khail


Hal la Saalti Al-Khail

He says here ‘Ask the horses’, which is a literary device in Arabic called ‘Majaz’. It implies ‘Ask the riders on the horses’. Malik was the uncle of Antara, who refused to marry his daughter ‘Abla’ to him. Here he addresses her in his poem, as he does in many of his poems.