Romanticizing Revolution: Mahmoud Darwish’s “Think of Others”


Think of Others

As you fix your breakfast, think of others.
Don’t forget to feed the pigeons.
As you fight in your wars, think of others. Don’t forget those who desperately demand peace.
As you pay your water bill, think of others who drink the clouds’ rain.
As you return home, your home, think of others.Don’t forget those who live in tents.
As you sleep and count planets, think of others.There are people without any shelter to sleep.
As you express yourself using all metaphorical expressions, think of others who lost their rights to speak.
As you think of others who are distant, think of yourself and say ‘I wish I was a candle to fade away the darkness
-Mahmoud Darwish
Mahmoud Darwish is a national political provocative poet who writes to abet Palestinian and Arab society for defiance, rage and revolution. Mahmoud Darwish writes against injustice, occupation and colonialism. But his latest collection of poems where anything but political revolutionary.
As a reader. one can conclude several reasons for this change in themes. For a start, a writer  is a sentimental human being who translates his feelings, emotions, conscience and interpretations into writings; whether they were poems, short stories, novels, lyrics or any other form of writing. A writer writes for himself, for his soul and his own pleasure and self expression, not for the sake of others. But the question is: If Mahmoud Darwish wrote that collection for himself, why did he publish it knowing the massive controversy it will cause?
Mahmoud darwish was known as a revolutionary poet, people never knew him as a romantic, sentimental poet. The last collection of poems suggested that Darwish is not a one theme poet, but a poet who satisfies many tastes. In his poem Think of Others Darwish seems a more spiritual poet, not only a revolutionary fighter who uses his writings as a weapon.
Feedback about the poem:
After the release of Darwish’s latest collection of poems, many critics fought Darwish accusing him with treason, defeat and failure. When Darwish stepped aside from revolutionary writing, some people did not accept that. People needed Darwish as a rebellious torch only and did not think of his own needs. Darwish was thought of as a messenger for the Palestinian cause regardless of his own personal causes. People thought that it was Darwish’s duty to deliver the Palestinian struggle, while erasing his own.
Darwish and intimacy: 
When Darwish wrote Think of Others he was stating a claim, especially during his last years. After 2004, Darwish’s interest and writing varied from revolutionary to sentimental. After the separation through the Palestinian community, Fatah, Hamas and others, Darwish was disappointed with the Palestinian community. Which made him suspect his reasons for being a torch in the occupations face while his own society is splitting and killing its own people. That reason was enough for Darwish to turn to himself and his own needs. Darwish aimed to write about the disadvantaged, the powerless, the poor and the less fortunate. Darwish was more on the humanitarian level. He wrote about the poor, women, intimate issues and man-woman relations. Darwish wrote about the soul, Darwish romanticized Palestinian Contemporary poetry. Darwish gave the Palestinian revolution a soul, a spirit and an intimacy that only Mahmoud Darwish can give.


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3 responses to “Romanticizing Revolution: Mahmoud Darwish’s “Think of Others”

  1. how much I love it, I love mahmood Darweesh yara, I loved reading about him. thanks a lot for doing this for us yara. this is priceless 😀

    • I had to write it!
      I wrote this post for a purpose, my 11 years old brother came to me and told me that his teacher told them that Mahmud Darwish is a “jasoos” which really pissed me off and urged me to write this post!

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