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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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Poets for “The People”

Poets for “The People”

(p.91) 6 Poets for “The People”
Silencing the Sea
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This chapter presents the results of the author's interview with the Palestinian poet Hanna Abu-Hanna, who lives in Haifa, Israel. In his autobiography Zillu al-Ghayma (The Shade of the Cloud), Abu-Hanna describes life in his home village, al-Raineh, near Nazareth, the processions held by local peasants to ask for rain, his Quranic schooling in the town of Sdoud, and his time at the boarding school in Jerusalem under British rule. In his conversations with the author, he revealed his early attachment to romanticism in poetry through his enduring love for Gibran Khalil Gibran. In a typical triumphal vision of secular modernity, the word “tradition” appears as the inimical space of atrophy for both Abu-Hanna and Gibran. Gibran's rebellion inspired Abu-Hanna to shift to socialist realism despite the former's reputation as a pioneer of romanticism in the history of modern Arabic poetry. The question of poets' relationships to their audiences, the people, inevitably surfaced in Abu-Hanna's conversations with the author.

Keywords:   Hanna Abu-Hanna, Arabic poetry, Israel, romanticism, Gibran Khalil Gibran, tradition, secular modernity, socialist realism, audiences

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