Ali Ahmad Said

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Birthday
1, 1930
Birthplace
Syria
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1930 (age 88)
Birthplace
Syria

About

Syrian poet and author known by the pen name of Adonis (alternately, Adunis) and considered an important Arabic literary figure of the twentieth century. His poetry collections include If Only the Sea Could Sleep and The Pages of Day and Night.

Before Fame

He studied philosophy at Syrian University, an institution that he attended on a scholarship earned through his 1947 recitation of a poem to then-Syrian President Shukri al-Kuwatl.

Trivia

He was imprisoned in 1955 for his allegiance to the Pan-Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

Family Life

His father, a Shia Muslim, encouraged Said to read and recite poetry.

Associated With

In a 2011 Kuwaiti newspaper interview, Said expressed his view that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad should resign from office.