(Reading the “Other” in the poetry of the Arab diaspora: Adonis)
in La rivista di Arablit, a. IV, n. 7-8, dicembre 2014, pp. 18-25.
Adonis sees the encounter with other cultures as a fundamental element of his poetry. The great Syrian poet believes that knowing distant places and stories entails important progress in personal growth. In his poems, the use of dialogue highlights the significance of these encounters but also the difficulties that a foreign culture can engender. Since his first journeys to the West until his most recent ones in Italy, Adonis always paid attention to the complex relationship between different worldviews. This study presents important aspects of his thoughts on this subject and of his plea against intolerance and dogmatism.
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