Arabic Poetry, Palestine & Mahmoud Darwish
with Robyn Creswell
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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This master class will offer an introduction to the great tradition of Arabic poetry, and to the life, times, and poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. He brought the power of verse to bear on many political crises, including the displacement of the Palestinian people, the civil war in Lebanon, and the long-foundering Oslo Accords. At his death in 2008, he was widely considered the national poet of Palestine.
This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the masters. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.
Robyn Creswell is associate professor of comparative literature at Yale University, where he teaches poetry, Arabic literature, and translation. He is the author of City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut, and has translated works from Arabic and French, most recently Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Tongue of Adam. His essays and reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Nation. A former poetry editor of The Paris Review he is now a poetry editor-at-large for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux publishers.