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Mahmoud Darwish

Defining poet of Palestinian resistance

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Date of Birth:



Al-Birwa, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Darwish's poetry passionately embodies the Palestinian struggle for identity and homeland, resonating on both national and universal levels.

Brief bio

Mahmoud Darwish was an esteemed Palestinian poet whose work transcends the Palestinian struggle to touch on universal themes of identity, exile, and belonging. His poetry is deeply interwoven with the Palestinian cause, transforming personal and national grievances into a universal quest for freedom and human dignity.

Major Milestones


  • 1948: Endured the Nakba, leading to the loss of his village, Al-Birwa.

  • 1960s – 1970’s: Emerged as prominent poet and activist for Palestinian rights

  • 1987 : Published “ Victims of Map “ a collection of his poetry

  • 2001 :Won the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom

  • 2008: Died on August 9, following a heart operation in the United States. His death was mourned as significant loss in the Arab World and beyond

  • Voice of Palestinian Identity: His poetry vividly expresses the Palestinian sense of loss,         Exile, and longing for homeland...See More

  • Innovative Literary Style: Darwish's innovative use of language and narrative structure has greatly influenced Arabic literature...See More

  • Political Activism: Through his poetry, he became a prominent voice in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination...See More

  • Cultural Impact: His works have been translated into over 20 languages, spreading awareness of the Palestinian cause globally...See More

  • Literary Awards: Received numerous awards recognizing his contribution to literature and his role as a cultural ambassador...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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