Al-Ahram Weekly Online
23 - 29 August 2001
Issue No.548
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Salah Abdel-Sabour wrote some of the earliest "free poetry" in Arabic, and his subtle grace and cultivated simplicity made him an indispensable voice of hadatha (modernism). On the 20th anniversary of his death, one of his most famous poems captures the aspect of his work, while Youssef Rakha surveys the analyses of a range of Arab poets in an attempt to demarcate his territory

Versions of the poet

Dreams of the Old Knight

Symbolic weight
By Nigel Ryan

Plain talk
By Mursi Saad El-Din

Rhetorical questions
Ten years of national cinema: Mustafa Darwish explores a many-sided failure

Way up the violet tree
David Blake holds on to a space of something

The legend lives on
The false Sadat
First books
Worldwide participation

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