Nizar Qabbani

(1923 - 1998 / Damascus / Syria)

Light Is More Important Than The Lantern - Poem by Nizar Qabbani

Light is more important than the lantern,
The poem more important than the notebook,
And the kiss more important than the lips.
My letters to you
Are greater and more important than both of us.
They are the only documents
Where people will discover
Your beauty
And my madness.


Translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown


Submitted by Noele Aabye


Comments about Light Is More Important Than The Lantern by Nizar Qabbani

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/17/2017 4:15:00 AM)


    They are the only documents
    Where people will discover
    Your beauty
    And my madness.
    You have shed your light of wisdom through these lines.
    Thank you poet for the poem shared.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/17/2017)


    Beautiful poem shared with us. Loved the way you write. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (10/16/2017 7:43:00 PM)


    Lovely poem, it was an enjoyable read. Congratulations.... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/16/2017 1:16:00 PM)


    The light of the truth! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Valentin Savin (10/16/2017 10:49:00 AM)


    I agree with what you've written. Keep writing. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (10/16/2017 10:34:00 AM)


    Beautifully penned. The substance is more important than the vessel. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/16/2017 9:58:00 AM)


    Wow! ! That's so nice. Straight from the heart it is an awesome love poem.Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/16/2017 12:39:00 AM)


    Reminds me of the song BEAUTY AND MADNESS popularized by FRA LIPPO LIPPI.... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/16/2017 12:33:00 AM)


    Everything in this poem is misstated. All are equally important. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/16/2017 12:16:00 AM)


    Poem is very important than notebook definitely. Pure beauty carries light within. Light represents wisdom and shows path. Definitely light is more important than the lantern. This is light that we need in darkness. Lantern is an instrument or we can say is just like a machine. This is excellent and interesting poem...10 (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2016 1:15:00 AM)

    Classic Literature
    Many famous writers were very simple and poor. But their writings are the footprints of civilizations. (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (2/1/2016 1:54:00 AM)


    Thank you for fixing the typo Poemhunter :) (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (1/30/2016 9:33:00 AM)


    'My letters to you
    Are greater and more important than both of us.
    The are the only documents
    Where people will discover
    Your beauty
    And my madness.'

    Wonderful lines, however, I am sure there is a typo where 'they' is typed as 'the'...
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, February 1, 2016


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