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Mahmoud Darwish
Mahmoud Darwish at Bethlehem University, (2006)
Mahmoud Darwish at Bethlehem University, (2006)
Native name
محمود درويش
Born 13 March 1941
al-Birwa, Mandatory Palestine
Died 9 August 2008(2008-08-09) (aged 67)
Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation Poet and writer
Nationality Palestinian
Period 1964–2008
Genre Poetry

Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, romanized: Maḥmūd Darwīsh , 13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He won numerous awards for his works. Darwish used Palestine as a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile. He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry." He also served as an editor for several literary magazines in Palestine.

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