Lebanese Poet Ounsi al-Hage, 76


Arabic Literature (in English)

Lebanese poet Ounsi al-Hage died on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 76.*

OUNSYAl-Hage was born in 1937 in southern Lebanon, the son of Marie Akl and journalist and translator Louis al-Hage. The younger al-Hage began to publish his own short stories, essays, and poems in the mid-1950s, when he was still a high school student. After graduation, he worked as a journalist and contributed, with Youssef Khal and Adonis, to the establishment of the genre-changing poetry magazine Shi’r.

According to the author’s website, he published six collections of poetry and a book of essays, in addition to translating plays by Shakespeare, Ionesco, Camus, and Brecht into Arabic.

His poetry has been translated into a number of languages, and collections have come out in French and German. His work has also been translated to music.

From the poet’s website, an excerpt trans. Issa Boullatta:

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