The Ministry of Culture and the Syrian cultural community mourned the critic, researcher and writer, the poet Nazir al-Azma at the age of 93, and he is considered one of the poets of modernity and the generation of pioneers.
The poet Nazir al-Azma is a critic, researcher and writer, born in Damascus in 1930. Graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Damascus University. He holds a Ph. Syrian University in 1950.
He also worked as a professor at a number of American universities, and a professor of modern literature at King Saud University in Riyadh, and co-founded Poetry magazine and the magazine of modern literature in English for the Arab Writers Union.
The late great author has more than 55 published books, including 15 poetry collections, 20 critical and research books, 10 translations, 10 plays, and two novels, including Sherif Al-Andalusi, which was shown for a period of time at Al-Hamra Theatre, and among the poetic plays that were directed by the Syrian radio are “Son of the Earth” and “Surgeons from Palestine.” ".
Al-Azma worked as an advisor to the Ministry of Culture at the Abu Al-Ala Al-Maari Festival for five years, and he was involved in preparing for honoring Badawi Al-Jabal, Omar Abu Risha, Nizar Qabbani, Shafiq Jabri and Muhammad Al-Maghout.
He was also the editor-in-chief of Al-Binaa newspaper, and he wrote many articles in Arab periodicals and newspapers. He participated in many literary festivals in the world, including those in Iran, Turkey, India, and the former Soviet Union. Through his participation, he delivered several lectures on the civilizational and cultural dimension of contemporary and ancient Syria.
He is a member of the Council of the Faculty of Arts, a visiting professor at Harvard University and Georgetown University, chairman of the staffing and promotion committee at Portland State University in America, secretary-treasurer of the American Oriental Society from Western America and Canada, director of the information department at the Abu Dhar Al-Ghafari Foundation in Lebanon, a member of the American Oriental Society and is considered one of the founders of the Arab Writers Union In syria.
He has many books, most notably “The Saudi Theatre” and the novel “The Sheikh and the Cave of Blood” and “The Mi’raj and the Sufi Symbol,” in addition to a large number of collections such as “Admonition” in 1952, “Wounded to the Moon” in 1955, and “Children in Exile” in 1960. On a number of poetic plays, including “Son of the Earth” in 1952 and “Bridge of the Dead” in 1961, and others in prose
Such as the play “Sisyphus of Andalusia” in 1975, which was presented in Rabat on the anniversary of the millennium, and the play “Mirrors” in 1992.
The late writer is considered one of the first poets who had a role in the development of the modern Arabic poem, so he married modernity and originality with the help of folklore, myth and mystical experience, and he also created the balanced, rounded poem without rhyme.
The late Nazir Al-Azma won many awards, including the 2014 State Appreciation Award.
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