Nizar Qabbani | Brief Biography


Nizar Qabbani | Brief Biography

Nizar Qabbani Brief Biography

Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a renowned Arab poet, diplomat, and publisher who is widely considered as one of the most influential literary figures of the 20th century in the Arab world. His poems, which tackled themes of love, feminism, and political and social issues, have earned him a widespread following in the Arab world and beyond.

Early Life
Nizar Qabbani was born on March 21, 1923, in Damascus, Syria, to a wealthy merchant family. He was educated at Al-Marjeh Primary School and later went on to study law at Damascus University. After graduation, he worked as a diplomat in several Arab countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and Libya. During his time as a diplomat, he began to write poetry and publish his works, gaining recognition as a prominent Arab poet.

Poetic Career
Qabbani’s poetry was characterized by its romantic themes, social commentary, and strong feminist bent. He wrote about the experiences of Arab women, addressing topics such as love, sexuality, and oppression, and sought to challenge traditional societal norms through his work. Some of his most famous poems include “A Woman Like You,” “Your Words Are My Food, Your Breath My Wine,” and “A Greeting Card from a Kurdish Gunman to a Palestinian Martyr.”

Qabbani’s poems were not only popular in the Arab world, but they were also translated into several languages, including English, French, and Spanish, and have been widely anthologized. He published several collections of his poetry during his lifetime, including “A Cup of Wine,” “The Wine of Passion,” and “Bashar and the Grapes.”

Publisher and Diplomat
In addition to his work as a poet, Qabbani was also an accomplished publisher and diplomat. He established the Arab Cultural Publishing House in Beirut, Lebanon, which published many of the works of Arab authors and intellectuals. He also served as the cultural attaché at the Syrian embassy in London, where he worked to promote Arab culture and literature to a global audience.

Nizar Qabbani died on April 30, 1998, at the age of 75, but his legacy as one of the most influential Arab poets of the 20th century lives on. His poems have been widely read, studied, and anthologized, and his work continues to inspire new generations of Arab poets and writers.


Nizar Qabbani, “A Cup of Wine.”
Nizar Qabbani, “The Wine of Passion.”
Nizar Qabbani, “Bashar and the Grapes.”
“Nizar Qabbani: A Life in Poetry.” Arabic Literature (in English), March 4, 2017.
“Nizar Qabbani: The Poet of Love and Political Resistance.” Al Jazeera, April 30, 2018. ***

Nizar Qabbani Brief Biography

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