Songs of Mihyar the Damascene

Poetry by Adonis

Translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid Ivan Eubanks

With a contribution by Robyn Creswell

Written while Adonis was on a scholarship in Paris from 1960 to 1961, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene is widely considered to be the apex of the modernist poetry movement in the Arab world. Drawing not only on Western influences, such as T. S. Eliot and Nietzsche, but on his own culture’s deep poetry traditions, Adonis single-handedly accomplished a masterful and radical transformation of the rigid formal structures and themes of Arabic poetry.…
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