The Syrian poet Adunis (1930 - present) (Ali Ahmad Sa'id) is and will always be one of the most important Arab poets of the 20th century. His poetry represents a genuinely radical break with what came before. His metaphors are dazzling and his voice is pristine. Although he was not the first, nor only poet to write what came to be known as qasidat al-nathr (the prose poem), his name became synonymous with it and his style was emulated by later generations of Arab poets. He has an immense talent and restless spirit, coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Arabic tradition, a mastery of its poetics and from the outset, an openness to modern, especially French, poetry - all of which have help make him one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era.
Taken from Al Jazeera Global Media