Saturday, April 12, 2003

Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931

Poet, philosopher, and artist, Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon, a land that has produced many prophets. The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age.But he was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages.
In the United States, where he made his home during the last twenty years of his life, he began to write in English. The Prophet and his other books of poetry, illustrated with his mystical drawings, are known and loved by innumerable Americans who find in them an expression of the deepest impulses of man's heart and mind.
"Few writings have stirred me like that of Gibran's. Along with Shakespeare and Mark Twain, he is one of my heros of literature. More than a year ago I searched the web and revisited The Prophet to gain inspiration for my own writings, and for a site I was creating.But I found myself instead re-enchanted by the words of a true poet. Gibran, like no other, has penned my heart and deepest emotions and beliefs. And so I decided that I would pay tribute to my favorite writer by building a site dedicated to my favorite epic ~ The Prophet.
Being an artist himself, I don't know how Gibran would react to my task of setting his masterpiece to music and gracing his pages with the paintings of another artist ~ William Whitaker. But I couldn't resist. How could I not combine the works of my favorite author and favorite artist?"
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(posted by Farid)

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