International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Mahmoud Darwish, A poet who attempted to be
Dr. Abir Najami, Hussain Ahmed Ajjawi

This paper explores the attempts in Mahmoud Darwish’s poems to realize his existence. For this purpose, the analysis is based on Darwish’s poems and does not rely on other studies about the poet. The study of his poems, which are a representation for his reality, shows the development of the concept of “being” since his early works until his final poems. The existence attempts are voiced first through the young poet’s call to rebel and resist occupation, and later, after building a comprehensive perspective of the political and historical surrounding, through the mature poet’s demand for justice. In his final stages, the poet seems to contemplate on life and death and appreciate the meaning of his existence. The paper finally explains how Mahmoud Darwish used imagery and symbolism to guide Palestinians to the path of reconciliation with the world through his calls of action.

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