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Arabian Love Poems [Paperback]

Nizar Kabbani , Bassam K. Frangieh and Clementina R. Brown
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Dec 1 1998 0894108816 978-0894108815 Revised
This translation of Nizar Kabbani's poetry is accompanied by the striking Arabic texts of the poems, penned by Kabbani especially for this collection. Kabbani was a poet of great simplicity - direct, spontaneous, musical, using the language of everyday life. He was a ceasless campaigner for women's rights, and his verses praise the beauty of the female body, and of love. He was an Arab nationalist, yet he criticized Arab dictators and the lack of freedom in the Arab world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Sensual Sept. 13 2003
Nizar Qabbani was the most beloved poet of modern Arabic literature. His writing was complex and profound, an enormous challenge to translate. Bassam K. Frangieh translates these gorgeous poems with sensitivity and perfection. Frangieh's style of translation is as beautiful as the poetry itself; I recommend this book to the world. Everyone will be delighted to read such heartfelt translations of some of the most sensual and passionate poetry in history.
FRANGIEH IS A MASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Direct, spontaneous, musical poetry Feb. 13 2003
Collaboratively translated into English by Bassam K. Frangieh and Clementina R. Brown, Arabian Love Poems showcases the poetry and verse of Syrian born Nizar Kabbani (1923-1998). Kabbani's poetry is direct, spontaneous, musical, and drew upon the language of everyday life. Each poem is presented in a bilingual text of Arabic and English in this superbly presented edition which will well serve to introduce an American readership to one of the finest 20th Century poets of the Middle East. When I wrote your name/On the notebook of roses/I knew/All the illiterate,/All the sick and impotent men/Would stand against me./When I decided to kill the last Caliph,/To announce/The establishment of a state of love/Crowning you as its queen,/I knew/Only the birds/Would sing of the revolution with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Translating the Impossible Aug. 16 2001
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Nizar Kabbani is very difficult to translate. He is a poet of great simplicity, very direct and extremely spontaneous. Kabbani uses the language of everyday life with peculiar musicality. Therefore, many translators have failed, others could not take such difficult task. Frangieh's translation is the first book to represent Kabbani's poetry in English. He has done a great service to Arabic poetry and to the English speaking world. Congratulations!
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