Updated 20 March 2021
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6 Arab poets to know

6 Arab poets to know

In honor of World Poetry Day (March 21), we’ve rounded up the modern and classic Arab poets you need to know.

  • Adunis

    Born Ali Ahmad Said Esber, Adunis began his poetry education after he recited a poem for the president of Syria, who then gave him funds to enroll in Damascus University. 

  • Mahmoud Darwish

    The Palestinian poet has won numerous awards for his work that uses Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection and the anguish of exile.

  • Maram Al-Masri

    The poet’s work reflects deeply on life, love, nostalgia for her homeland of Latakia, Syria, and the war that has broken out in her homeland.

  • Ahlam Mosteghanemi

    The first Algerian woman to publish a book in Arabic, her works have sold over 2 million copies and in 2016, UNESCO awarded her the prestigious Artist for Peace distinction. 

  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran

    The Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist is perhaps best known for his iconic novel “The Prophet.” One of the most-read authors of the century, Gibran’s words have inspired millions across the world and his quotes are shared in all languages on social media and printed on posters.

  • Iman Mersal

    Mersal is an Egyptian poet and currently a professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Alberta, Canada.