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Adonis Travels to Iran

Tehran, 20 November 2005 (CHN) -- Ali Ahmad Saeid, known as Adonis, the famous Syrian poet and one of the most well-known figures of world's contemporary literature, alongside Venus Khoury-Ghata, poet and translator of his works into French, will come to Iran from 2nd to 9th of December.

The trip is part of the program suggested by the Cultural Attaché of France Embassy in Tehran to Iran's Criticism House to send Iranian poets and writers to France and bring French or French-resident poets and writers to Iran.

Iran's Criticism House has welcomed the proposal and is trying to provide facilities for the program.

Regarding that Adonis is one of the most important and famous figures of the contemporary literature of the world in the field of poetry and literary criticism, his trip to Iran will be a great opportunity for the literary community of Iran. Inviting the poet to Iran is considered as one of the key recent cultural programs of the cultural attaché of France Embassy.

Different programs have been foreseen for the guests in Iran. "Our first program is for Adonis to recite his poems alongside his French translator on 3rd of December in a gathering attended by some Iranian poets, writers, and literati in Tehran. During the ceremony, entitled "With Venus and Adonis, in admiration of poetry", Iranian traditional music will be performed and Gheisar Aminpour, Iranian poet, will give a lecture on modernism ideas in Adonis works," announced Shahrokh Tondro Saleh, head of Iran's Criticism House.

Iran's Criticism House has planned also two specialized meetings for this great poet, both of them to be held on 4th of December.

The first session is entitled "A Roundtable on Creativity and Tradition" and the second "A workshop on Translation and Tradition", in which some Iranian critics and contemporary translators will be taking part.

The cultural department of France Embassy in Tehran has also prepared some other programs for the poet, including visits with young artists, writers and critics, some specialists in the field of translation and literary creativeness, academic figures, officials of cultural bodies, and some of the active publishers of the country; holding poetry translating workshops with the attendance of the translators of Adonis works in Iran, and a discussion session with the attendance professors from the foreign languages faculty of Alameh Tabatabaei University.

The poet is also to have a special poetry reciting session in Shiraz city as well. One of the main aims of Adonis traveling to Iran is to visit Hafiz and Sadie tombs in Shiraz and meeting with contemporary poets and critics of Shiraz city.

Considering that poetry is one of the national arts of Iran, Adonis trip to the country and is regarded an important cultural event of the recent year.

Ali Ahmad Saeid, famous as Adonis, was born in 1930 in Syria and is now living in Lebanon. Adonis, considered among the prominent modern Arab poets, uses traditional Arab poetic yet has developed a new manner of expressing modern sentiments.

Adonis was influenced by classical Shiite poets in his early works, but started at his twenties to experiment with prose poetry, giving his poems density, tension, metaphors, and rhythm. He broke with the tone and style of classical Arab poetry, introducing a new powerful poetry style. He has been inspired a lot by ancient myths, making symbolic references to the resurrecting Gods of Tammuz, Adonis, and Phoenix.

Similar to most other poets using the Arabic Language, Adonis employs the technique of "tarab". Tarab aims at a sort of ecstasy, reached when the musicality of the verse corresponds with the visions and thoughts expressed in the poem.

His name Adonis was given to him by the leader of the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party, Antun Saada.

A lot of his works have been translated to Persian so far.

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