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Silencing the SeaSecular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry$
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Khaled Furani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776462

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776462.001.0001

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The Land of the Poem

The Land of the Poem

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Silencing the Sea
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This chapter examines a short-lived phenomenon of Palestinian poetry festivals under Israel's first military rule and their disappearance after the 1967 war with Israel. It uses this history as a context for understanding the transformations of Palestinian poetry. Palestinian peasants living under Israeli rule turned to poetry as their historical repository, that is, their diwān. For these peasants, poetry functioned as the paramount language of their exile. Poetry captured the quotidian pulses of Palestinian dispossession from the very start. Palestine, erased from the maps of the world, was sheltered by the memory of its poets. After losing their homeland, Palestinians took poetry with them wherever they went. Palestinian poets lament the dispersion and dismemberment that befell their land and their fellowmen, including the poets themselves. Their poetry protested the confiscation of land, restrictions on mobility and speech, and the sorry plight of Palestinian refugees.

Keywords:   Palestinian poetry, Israel, Palestine, peasants, dispossession, refugees, poetry festivals

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