First published in 1992, Ten Modern Arab Poets is a selection of the best of Irish poet Desmond O’Grady’s translations from the Arabic. The poets include Abu Nuwas of Iraq, Ibrahim Naji (Egypt), Badawi al-Jabal (Syria) and Al-Tijani Yusuf Bashir (Sudan). “Love is the dominant theme of all Arabic poetry from pre-Islamic times to the present,” O’Grady writes in his introduction. “The Arab concept of poets and poetry is essentially romantic, and love in its various forms essentially its theme: love of woman, friend, country, Arab identity, God or his manifestations”. O’Grady also provides a short biographical introduction to each poet.
72 pp, 140 x 216 mm
First published 1992, reissued 2007