World Bulletin / News Desk
A Paris municipality opened on Monday a square naming after wellknown Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Wafa, a PAlestine News Agency said.
President Mahmoud Abbas and the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë inaugurated the square.
He is recognized as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century.
Delanoe said that 'He is a great poet who we want to honor by naming a place of Paris after him. He is not just any poet, a Palestinian poet, a poet whose inspiration is born of his suffering in exile.'
Darwish, whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages and who won numerous international awards, died following open heart surgery in 2008.
'Mahmoud Darwish is also a fighter. I honor his this morning as the leader of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization, which the writer has long been a part) is present,' he also said.
Darwish was regarded as the Palestinian's national poet and a major literary figure in the Arab world, giving voice to the sense of loss, exile and defiance of the Palestinian people.
President Abbas said 'Mahmoud Darwish was always talking about the day when the Palestinian people could lead a normal life like other peoples in their independent country. We, the people of Darwish, say we're going to pursue the path till the day comes where we live in a Palestine without occupation, without the blockade, without walls.”
'We love life when we have the means to it,' he said, quoting a verse from Darwish.Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2010, 01:54