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Lebanese Hymns of Love and War (Black and White Edition)

Lebanese Hymns of Love and War (Black and White Edition)

by George Nicolas El-Hage Ph.D.
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These hymns and poems were written between January 1975 and August 1976, mostly during the first year and a half of what has ironically been called the "Lebanese Civil War." The poetry and hymns in this book are an emotionally-charged document that reflects the state of mind of a young Lebanese poet madly in love with Beirut and Lebanon during the seventies when Lebanon was an oasis of fun and was bursting with creativity and positive energy on all fronts: literary, social, economic and political. Beirut was the major capital of literary production in the Middle East.

The poetry in this book is a song for Lebanon. It is a celebration of its glory and endurance and a call for the Lebanese to unite. It is a cry in the desert of discontent against those who thought that destroying the previous society would bring about a new age of contentment, only to prove that their vision was wrong and that they were but a "false alarm" that simply caused unimaginable death, destruction, disappointment and sorrow. These hymns are both a praise for what Beirut stood for and represented in the minds and consciousness of the generation of Arab intellectuals and at the same time, they are a eulogy for the city that the Lebanese were unable to protect and preserve because of the many who took it for granted and others who allowed their jealousy and bitter ideologies to put the first nail in its coffin. (Black and White Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9781522844631
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2015
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

George Nicolas El-Hage, Ph.D. is a Lebanese-American poet, professor, linguist, administrator and writer. He was born in Mansourieh El-Metn, Lebanon in 1952. His father was Nicolas Iskandar El-Hage and his mother was Martha Abounader El-Hage. Dr. El-Hage completed his elementary and secondary school education in Lebanon. He acquired his B.A. in Arabic Literature from the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. While in Beirut, El-Hage studied with and was influenced by poets like Buland al-Haidari and Khalil Hawi. He then immigrated to the United States where he completed both his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the Binghamton University. His dissertation (later published into a book by NDU Press, Lebanon) was on William Blake and Kahlil Gibran: Poets of Prophetic Vision. He has taught at Yale University, Binghamton University, The Lebanese University, Columbia University, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Defense Language Institute. His academic career has been equally spent between teaching, authoring, lecturing and administration.

Dr. El-Hage is a prolific writer with a perfect command of both English and Arabic languages. His training and expertise in the field of Arabic and Comparative Literature has enabled him to delve into a wide range of topics and areas covering literature, mythology, mysticism, language acquisition, criticism, theology and art. He is a published poet in Arabic, both in Modern Standard and in spoken Levantine Dialect as well as in Lebanese Zajal. He also writes poetry in English and is an accomplished translator.

Dr. El-Hage has published seven volumes of poetry, numerous research articles, books on language pedagogy and poetry in Lebanese Dialect and Zajal. His poetry betrays a marked fluctuation between a deep romantic sensitivity and a tragic existential awareness which colors his reading of current universal and regional events. The tragedy of his embattled country constitutes a dominant theme in his writings. El-Hage is a supporter of the free verse movement in Modern Arabic Poetry. Nevertheless, he still appreciates the Qasida 'Amudiyya, the classical form of traditional Arabic Poetry. He always chooses short meters, and his poetry is characterized by its musical effects.

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