"The Sixth Ode: A Tribute to Arabic Poetry" is an artwork that pays homage to the rich tradition of Arabic poetry, specifically the Seven Odes of Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems. These poems, known for their eloquence and historical significance, were embroidered in gold on silk cloth and hung on the Kaaba as a symbol of their widespread acclaim.
This particular painting features 85 lines of poetry by the pre-Islamic warrior-poet Anter Ibne Shaddad, who was renowned for both his romantic story with Ablah and his strict code of conduct in battle. He believed in not starting aggression, not fighting those who were less capable, and not looting the fallen.
Measuring 250cm x 225cm and crafted from acrylic and ink on paper mounted on canvas, "The Sixth Ode: A Tribute to Arabic Poetry" is a stunning tribute to the enduring power and beauty of Arabic literature. Originally created in 1993, this artwork was sold at auction to a museum in Qatar, where it continues to inspire and engage the viewer's imagination.
Here is an example of a poem celebrating the tradition of Arabic poetry:
The Seven Odes, a treasure of our land
A source of pride, a symbol of our culture
Their eloquence and depth, an enduring force
A testament to the beauty of our language
And here is an example of a poem honoring the code of conduct upheld by Anter Ibne Shaddad:
In battle, I will not start aggression
Nor will I fight those who are less capable
I will not loot the fallen, or take advantage
For my code of conduct is strict and fair
I will fight with honor and with pride
For that is the way of a true warrior.
Ali Omar Ermes' "The Seventh Ode" is a stunning tribute to the rich tradition of Arabic poetry. One of a series of seven paintings celebrating the Seven Odes of Arabic poetry, known as Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems, this artwork honors the power of eloquence and historic significance of these revered works.