Contexts of Language in Mahmoud Darwish

by Ibrahim Muhawi (2009)

This paper, which emerged from Dr. Muhawi's January 2009 lecture at the Center's commemoration of the life and work of Mahmoud Darwish, explores three contexts of language in Darwish's poetry. The first is Darwish's performative use of language. "Essentially, Darwish presents language metaphorically as materiality, and the homeland takes its form from that body," Dr. Muhawi writes. "A kind of incarnation seems to arise from this poetic performance." The second context deals with reading Darwish as a resistance poet, and the third is Darwish's death, which Dr. Muhawi interprets as a part of Darwish's language.

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