Monday, September 23, 2013


One protégé presents a poem to Muawiwya, who asks him, “whose poem?”  The protégé says it is his own, but the actual composer of the poem enters and recites the same poem. 

The patron confronts the first protégé, who pardons himself by saying that he used the other protégé's poem because it expressed what he himself felt.

The Protégé -- John Cale and Terry Riley (Link) 

Stills from:  Häxan (1922), dir. Benjamin Christiansen (Article Link) and  (Movie Link)

Text:  Jocelyn Sharlet, Patronage and Poetry in the Islamic World: Social Mobility and Status in the Medieval Middle East and Central Asia (Tauris Academic Studies, 2011)

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