Rhythms of Resistance in Mahmoud Darwish’s Poems: Poetics of Identity and Search of Homeland


  • Syed Sumaira Gilani Doctoral fellow Jamia Milia Islamia University Department of English Jamia Nagar, New Delhi India


It would rather be hackneyed to define poetry in terms of its dynamism and symbolism when compared to the other genres of English Literature. But, one would also find it difficult to abstain from this authorized definition of poetry because of the extraordinary meaning it carries via varied possible terminology. Poetry not only bears witness to what is going on in the poets’ unconscious subjective self, it also brings forth, through symbolic representation, what the history traces as genuine facts with twisted authenticity. Sometimes, the substantial facts that the history tends to surface via documentation appear defective to the extent that it becomes necessary on the part of the poets to record the alternatives to the exactness of the historian’s so-called unvarnished truth. One of the most acknowledged Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, writes in the same tradition by dealing with the universality in his poetic creations, tracing down the relationship between him and Israel, and the effect his poetry has on Israel-Palestine conflict. His poetry hoards a deeper concern for identity through metaphors, thereby, carrying Palestine with him even during his days of exile. In this research paper, the researcher would trace down the impact of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry on the  politics of Israel through his intermittent themes of identity which he authenticates in his famous poem Identity Card. To realize the poet’s existence, the present paper would try and find out the development of the concept of “being†by taking a journey through a few of his poems including Mural, I Come from There, and Identity Card etc. His essence of “being†and the vital force of his art reside in his language that belongs to his mystical realm. The researchers attempt would be to throw some light on the concept of “subaltern†or the “other†which has been a subject of debate in the postmodern era of the twentieth century. The paper would also make an attempt at discussing Mahmoud Darwish’s “resistance poetry†as an important tool to enhance in the education of the reader, other than Arabs, of the Palestinian scene and  make them aware of the oppressive acts and the acts of resistance in the turmoil-struck zone of Palestine.


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