Adonis: Selected Poems by Adonis

Adonis: Selected Poems

The first major career-spanning collection of the poems of Adonis, widely acknowledged as the most important poet...
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Author: Adonis
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Adonis: Selected Poems by Adonis

Adonis: Selected Poems

€28,44

Adonis: Selected Poems

€28,44
Author: Adonis
Format: Paperback
Language: English
The first major career-spanning collection of the poems of Adonis, widely acknowledged as the most important poet working in Arabic today

"Poetry for [Adonis] is not merely a genre or an art form but a way of thinking, something almost like mystical revelation."--Charles McGrath, New York Times

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most celebrated poets of the Arabic-speaking world. His poems have earned international acclaim, and his influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot's on English-language verse. This volume serves as the first comprehensive survey of Adonis's work, allowing English readers to admire the arc of a remarkable literary career through the labors of the poet's own handpicked translator, Khaled Mattawa.

Daring in form and prophetic in tone, Adonis's poetry sings of both the sweet promise of eros and the problems of the self. He writes of childhood ("Your childhood is a village. / You will never cross its boundaries / no matter how far you go"); of blood, bombs, and mutilation ("Murder has changed the city's shape"); and of the anguish of exile ("'I write poetry in the language of the country that sheltered me, ' said a young man who looked old"). Adonis demonstrates the poet's affection for Arabic and European lyrical traditions even as his poems work to destabilize those sensibilities.

This collection positions the work of Adonis within the pantheon of the great poets of exile, including César Vallejo, Joseph Brodsky, and Paul Celan, providing for English readers the most complete vision yet of the work of the man whom the cultural critic Edward Said called "today's most daring and provocative Arab poet."

Author: Adonis
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published: 04/24/2012
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 7.74h x 6.03w x 0.95d
ISBN: 9780300181258

About the Author

Adonis (born Ali Ahmad Said Esber) is an award-winning Syrian poet and essayist who led the modernist movement in Arabic poetry in the second half of the twentieth century. He has written more than twenty books in his native Arabic, including the pioneering work An Introduction to Arab Poetics. He lives in Paris. Khaled Mattawa is assistant professor of language and literature at the University of Michigan and the author of the poetry volumes Ismaila Eclipse and Zodiac of Echoes.

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