In Love on April 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

Amazing Arabian Love poems written by Syrian poet Nizar Your heart by reading

ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly

The Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was one of the most popular Arabic-language poets of the twentieth century, well-known for his focus on eroticism and love. As Bassam Frangieh notes in his introduction to Arabian Love Poems, a collection of Qabbani’s work he co-translated with Clementina Brown, “To say that Kabbani was the most popular and famous of contemporary Arab poets is not to claim that he was the most skilled.”

Nonetheless, Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih has called Qabbani—who was also an ardent supporter of (some) Arab nationalist causes—a spokesperson for a generation, as if “lovers did not learn the meaning of love until they read the poetry of Nizar Kabbani.”

Numerous Qabbani poems have been set to music and sung by Fairuz, Latifa, Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Kulsoum and others. Many are available in English translations (of varying texture and interest) online.

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