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Khalil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran was a poet, philosopher, and artist. He was born in Lebanon, a land that has produced many prophets. The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age. But he was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared to the work of William Blake (another poet/artist). In the United States, which he made his home during the last twenty years of his life, he began to write in English. He had written many books of poetry, including The Madman, The Prophet, The Forerunner, Sand and Foam, Jesus the Son of Man, The Earth Gods, The Wanderer, The Garden of The Prophet, Prose Poem, Nymphs of The Valley, Spirits Rebellious, A Tear and a Smile, Broken Wings, A Self Portrait, The Wisdom of Gibran., and his other books of poetry, illu!
strated with his mystical drawings, are known and loved by innumerable Americans who find in them an expression of the deepest impulses of man’s heart and mind.
The poem that really touched me was called “Friendship”. It talks about how “Friendship is our needs answered, and when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart. When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence…And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also”. In this poem he speaks about what true friendship is all about. For what he has described is true friendship.
In most of his poetry, Kahlil Gibran uses many metaphors. For example , he uses in the poem of Children, the name Archer, to refer to God. He does not use any types of rhyme in his poems, but the words are so well chosen and so well written that it flows as if it was a rhyme....

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