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Mahmoud Darwish is a Palestinian poet known for his romantic poems which grasp the hearts of all those who encounter him. The most romantic of all would be his piece called انتظرها, meaning wait for her. This is mainly due to Darwish’s use of imagery and metaphors portraying the blossoming love of a couple. For example, in the poem the repetition of انتظرها is a motif which conveys the need to be patient whilst in a relationship by waiting for your partner to feel more comfortable around you, be it emotionally or sexually or both. Nonetheless, there is a particular simile in the first stanza of the poem which states:
لتجلس مرتاحة كالحديقة في أوج زينتها
A possible translation of this line is: let her (a female partner) sit comfortably like a garden presenting herself in the most beautiful way possible. Yet one interpretation of this line is that it reflects Darwish’s view on respecting a woman’s natural beauty in a similar way that most regard the natural landscapes of gardens as being beautiful. Here, Darwish could be referring to the distorted vision our society has of beauty, and we could therefore point out that Darwish is suggesting the more natural a women is, the more beautiful she is.
Clearly a romantic, Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry is definitely worth listening to whether it is for enjoyment or critical thinking. If you want to know more then go to: http://www.mahmoud-darwish.com/
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham