Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems by Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. He is a living legend whose lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. He has assimilated some of the worlds oldest literary traditions at the same time that he has struggled to open new possibilities for poetry. This collection spans Darwishs entire career, nearly four decades, revealing an impressive range of expression and form. A splendid team of translators has collaborated with the poet on these new translations, which capture Darwishs distinctive voice and spirit.
Palestine’s wandering poet
Jennifer Hijazi Jennifer Hijazi. Fady Joudah memorized poems as a child, reciting stanzas in exchange for coins from his father and uncle. The poems, he would come to recognize, were by Mahmoud Darwish, a literary staple of Palestinian households. Social feeds have lit up with expressions of satisfaction and anger over the U. Born in a village near Galilee, Darwish spent time as an exile throughout the Middle East and Europe for much of his life. He was imprisoned in the s for reading his poetry aloud while travelling from village to village without a permit. The poem is full of tension, said Joudah.
In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile. He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry". Mahmoud Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa in the Western Galilee. He was the second child of Salim and Houreyyah Darwish. His family were landowners.
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Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden , birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile. Mahmoud Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa in the Western Galilee. His family were landowners. His mother was illiterate, but his grandfather taught him to read. A year later, Darwish's family returned to the Acre area, which was now part of Israel, and settled in Deir al-Asad.