Last Wednesday marked the death anniversary of iconic and influential poet Salah Abdel Sabour. Therefore, Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) streamed a special event dedicated to the late poet.
The event was hosted by the director of the General Egyptian Book Organization Dr. Haitham Al Hagg, and actor Sabry Fawaz.
El Hagg cited a famous poem by Abdel Sabour which is “Ahlam Al Fares El Qadem,” and Fawaz performed an extract taken from the poet’s famous play “Maasat Al Hallaj.”
Born in 1931, the poet is considered one of the most influential poets in Arabic modern poetry as he employed various and rebellious literary techniques such as imploying the multi-narrative voices in the poem and using the voice of the persona.
Moreover, he introduced a bitter and tragic human tone to reflect the misery of the main in the modern era, moreover, he tackled universal themes, and mysticism.
His writings were compared a lot to the legendary T.S. Eliot, therefore, Eliot-Abdel Sabour influence became one of the hottest topics in the world of Comparative Literature in the Middle East.
Abdel Sabour left behind various unforgettable poetry volumes such as “Al Nas Fi Bilady,” “Ahlam Al Fares Al Qadem,” in addition to several iconic verse-plays such as “Mosafer Lail,” and “Maasat Al Hallaj.”