The Narrative Sequence in Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab's "The Rain Song" Using Technology Drawing: A Semiotic Reading


  • Ahmad Bsharat Assistant Professor of Arabic Language, Syntax, and Discourse Linguistics, Arabic Department, Faculty of Art, AlWasl University, Dubai. D84 -18 A, Dubai, UAE


visual narrative, semiotics, The Rain Song, technological drawing, signs, images


The study aims to re-enact the narrative sequence in Badr Shakir Alysyab's “The Rain Song” by drawing signs and images using technological drawing. Fifty images will be drawn as signs that have profund implications and meanings in the Poem. The Canva program was used, which converts speech and ideas into visual images. The research assumes that re-representing the narrative sequence using images will contribute to understanding the development of semantic meaning from the “sign” to the “symbol.” The research assumes that the logical sequence of the narrative in the visual signs representing the meaning also contributes to deepening the influence of the “rain song” on the cultural and mythological structure of Arab culture in general, and mainly the Iraqi audience in particular. The research relies on the analytical approach to understand the narrative sequence in “The Rain Song,” where we can place the visual signs in their correct place in the narrative line in the poem, which in turn, makes the construction of cultural and mythological meaning in the mind of the recipients clearer. The research results in several conclusions, the most important of which is that converting the narration from written form to visual one helps to deepen the meaning as to move the recipient from feeling the idea to living it as if it were an actual experience.




How to Cite

Ahmad Bsharat. (2024). The Narrative Sequence in Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab’s "The Rain Song" Using Technology Drawing: A Semiotic Reading. Kurdish Studies, 12(2), 2937–2954. Retrieved from