Saturday, August 9, 2008

Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish Dies at Age of 67

The great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish died at the age of 67 following a heart operation in Houston, Texas.

He underwent heart operations in 1984 and 1998. He was beloved by millions and some considered him the greatest Arab poet of modern time.

These lines in Arabic are from a poem he wrote about defeating death:

هزمتك يا موت

الفنون الجميلة جميعها هزمتك

يا موت الأغاني في بلاد الرافدين

مسلة المصري مقبرة الفراعنة

النقوش على حجارة معبد هزمتك

وأنت انتصرت

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