If Only the Sea Could Sleep: Love Poems

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Green Integer, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 150 pages
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One of the greatest poets of Arab literature, Adonis's work often centers on the process of poetic creation, but his work has somehow remained highly appealing to Arab readers, and his has had, perhaps, more influence in terms of innovation and modernity than any other contemporary Arab poet. Twice he has been a finalist for the Nobel Prize. For Adonis, poetry is a vision (ru'ya") a "leap outside of established concepts, a change in the order of things and in the way we look at them."

Selected from Al-A'mul al Shi'riyya, 1-3 (The Complete Works, 3 volumes) the current book explores the great Syrian poet's oeuvre more than any other previous collection in English.

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Father than the dream we journeyed Father than the heart we loved — Adonis, from “Transformations of the Lover” Read full review

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i want to read this book. because for to writing my skripsi. Read full review


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Adonis is widely considered one of the Arab world's greatest living poets. Born in Syria in 1930, he settled in Lebanon in the 1950s, where he became a central figure in the new Arabic poetry movement. He is the author of several classic works that have led to a rigorous reassessment of the Arab cultural heritage.

Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. His writings on Palestinian art have appeared in numerous art and academic periodicals, including The Encyclopedia of the Palestinians and the Journal of Palestine Studies.

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