“COLLECTIVE TASTE AS A STANDARD FOR IBN TAYFUR (DIED 280 AH) IN HIS BOOK AL-MANTHUR AND AL-MANZUM”
Anthology represents a successful means in preserving the Arab poetic heritage, especially for poets whose poetic volumes have been lost and their poems have been lost due to oblivion and damage to manuscripts. So their poetry has ceased to be transmitted and very little of their documented poetry has reached the hands of editors. The anthology is controlled by individual taste and some of the prevailing collective scales, but this did not diminish the value of what is contained in it, especially if we know that its most prominent models are trade-offs and demarcations. And before them the outstanding poems that represent the finest Arab taste. In this way, the collective taste is the main reference on which the writer Tayfur relied in choosing poems, as he differentiated between the collective taste of the poems that were not chosen for their fame and circulation among the people, or the individual taste was the cornerstone on which the poet built his choice because there was scarcity and lack of fame and this is what The criterion that was relied upon in his selection, he did not mention the selected poems until after he presented a brief presentation of the well-known selected poems that represented the collective taste, and among these poems (The Seven Mu’allaqat, Al Mufazalilat, Lasma’at). With regard to Tayfur's anthology (d. 280 AH), its author set special criteria in the introduction to his book, and separated them at length, which justifies his choices and exclusion in the light of previous anthologies. This is the real reason for choosing this work for study.