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Paper: The Hands of the Pleiades: The Celestial Clock in the Classical Arabic Poetry of Dhū al-Rumma
Volume: 441, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI
Page: 311
Authors: Adams, W. B.
Abstract: In the desert poetry of Dhū al-Rumma (d. 117 AH/735 CE), astronomical phenomena sometimes function as familiar celestial timepieces that indicate the poetic timeframe literally and accurately. The literary, lexical, floral and astronomical analyses of a selection from this poetry illustrate the role of the Pleiades star cluster as a celestial clock and illuminate the utility of naked-eye astronomy in interpreting Arabic poetry of the early Islamic period.
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