Reading the Story of Majnun Layla through Qassim Haddad Poem

Dzia Fauziah, Maman Lesmana

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Majnun Layla is a popular classic story in the Middle East. It is said that this story inspired Shakespeare to write the story of Romeo and Juliet in Europe. The story spread to several cultures in the world and was rewritten in poetry, romance, drama and film genres. This paper aims to examine the story from the genre of modern poetry written by Qassim Haddad, a Bahrain poet. This research uses library data, both print and electronic, as research corpus and reference. The method used in this paper is the qualitative method, which prioritises words rather than numbers and emphasises quality over quantity. The data is presented in the form of analytical descriptive, starting from the description of its structure, until the analysis of its contents. In the analysis, semiotic structuralism is also used, which emphasises the text and its intrinsic elements. From the results of this study, it is found that there are not many images of the MajnunLayla's love story revealed in the poem because of it is a monologue form and not a narrative, and there are many phrases that are less understandable because the poem is rich in figurative words and unclear connotations. This paper recommends the story to be inspired well, it should be written in the form of a diaphanous and easily digestible poem, rather than prismatic andcomplicated.It is expected to be written in the form of a free and prosaic poem, with simple typography and does not necessarily use too many enjambments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
JournalIOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Majnun Layla, love, Arab, poetry, Qassim Haddad


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