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By the Abbasid era, poetry fell into lighter and ceremonial genres. Light poetry included epigrams, wine, love, licentious and descriptive poetry; ceremonial poetry, praise, boast, lament, and satire. The ceremonial genres, longer and more complex, were the domain of professional poets. Literary circles (majalis s. majlis al-uns) became the audience for the performance of both kinds, though ceremonial poetry may have been presented in larger official settings as well.
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