Home, Homeliness and Search for Identity in Mohmoud Darwish's Poetry

Rashad Mohammed Moqbel Al Areqi


It is not easy to write about a home you are enforced to be away of it. Undoubtedly, your words and lines will be expressive and impressive because they come to reveal a fact would not be ignored by the Palestinians or the world in general. Mohmoud Darwish is one of the Palestinians who were enforced to be dislocated, jailed, but exiled. He has an experience in exile with homelessness and homeliness. This article attempts to analyze four of Darwish's poems that address home and homeliness, identity and exile of the strangers who spend their lives dislocated. The selected poems will be analyzed to probe deeply into the location of home, homeliness, exile and identity in the poetry of Mahmoud Drawish. How the strangers feel while they are detached of their homes and families searching for their identity, searching for their home. The article explores the influence of the words of Darwish's poetry in expressing homesickness, homeliness and how a Palestinian finds his life away of his motherland, Palestine. The focus will be on the thematic and attitudinal structure and the aesthetics of using the expressive words, symbols and images that manifest the postcolonial identity that always stands against dominating power of colonizers.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/ijelt.v1n1p32


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