Ahmad Shawqi Poems
- Nahj Al Burda (The Way Of The ... On the plain, between ...
- Stand For Teacher Stand for the teacher and honor his ...
- Footprints I consider life a road Upon which the masses ...
- Damascus Peace from the northern wind that swept across ...
- What Is The Moon Oh mother, how does the sky look? And what ...
- Latitudes Beneath Your Eyelids Is a draught that slakes. ...
- Expatriation And Nostagia Day and night make one forget So, ...
Ahmed Shawqi (1868–1932) (Arabic: أحمد شوقي, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʔæħmæd ˈʃæwʔi]), nicknamed Amir al-Sho'araã (which literally means the prince of poets), was one of the greatest Arabic poets laureate, an Egyptian poet and dramatist who pioneered the modern Egyptian literary movement, most notably introducing the genre of poetic epics to the Arabic literary tradition. On the paternal side he was of Circassian, Greek and Kurdish descent, and on the maternal side of Turkish and Greek descent.
Raised in a privileged setting with Turkish, Kurdish, Circassian, Greek, and Arab roots, his family was prominent and well-connected with the court of the Khedive of ... more »
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Nahj Al Burda (The Way Of The Mantle)
On the plain, between the ban-tree and the mountain,
a white gazelle-fawn
Has found it licit in forbidden months
to shed my blood.
With the two eyes of a wild calf
fate shot a lion.
O [gazelle] that dwells on the plain,
[slay the lion] that dwells in the thicket!
When [the gazelle-fawn] gazed [upon me],
my soul spoke saying:
'Alas, your side has been struck
by a well-aimed arrow.
I denied [my soul] and hid the arrow
in my liver/heart.
For me, the wounds of lovers
cause no pain.
You have been endowed/blessed with the most ...