“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
― Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer who is popular as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style of writing make a great impact during renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry. He broke away from the classical school and is celebrated as a literary hero to this day in Lebanon. After Shakespeare and Laozi, Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time. His writings voice against the oppression of women, tyranny of the Church and rages a call for freedom from Ottoman rule. Kahlil Gibran’s writings are an exclusive synthesis of creative figures lingering on the edge of society but at the same time he emphasizes on the influences of his own origins, as his Arabic and Eastern literary structure and reflective lyricism reveals. His writings are a powerful and thereby an important resource for reflecting on the themes of solitude, society, and self.