IBNA- A collection of poems by eminent Syrian poet, writer, publisher and diplomat Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani who is known as the most popular poet of the Arab World titled 'Republic of Love' has been published in Persian.
The book has been translated by Yadollah Goudarzi (Shahab) who has tried to render the simplicity and poetic features of Qabbani’s poems into Persian. House of Culture and Art Publishing has released 'Republic of Love' in 160 pages. Many poetry books by this leading Syrian poet have already been published in Persian.
His poetic style combines simplicity and elegance in exploring themes of love, eroticism, feminism, religion, and Arab empowerment against foreign imperialism and local dictators. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world.
So popular is the Syrian bard that one of his poems is the greatest love song in the Arab world, recorded by the legendary Egyptian singer Um Khaslsoum and played on virtually every taxi's radio across the Middle East.
The city of Damascus remained a powerful muse in his poetry, most notably in the Jasmine Scent of Damascus. The 1967 Six-Day War also influenced his poetry and his lament for the Arab cause. The defeat marked a qualitative shift in Qabbani's work – from erotic love poems to poems with overt political themes of rejectionism and resistance. For instance, his poem Marginal Notes on the Book of Defeat, a stinging self-criticism of Arab inferiority, drew anger from both the right and left sides of the Arab political dialogue.