Published November 11, 2019 by Samara Nassor ’22

An Evening of Poetry in Nine Languages

At a recent evening dedicated to poetry from around the world, students recited poems in Arabic, Spanish, Ancient Greek, Italian, Russian, French, Korean, and Japanese. English translations were provided.

The poems were heartfelt, lyrical, and full of drama, and appreciated both by native and nonnative speakers. During interludes, Amos Libby, codirector of the Middle Eastern Ensemble, played the Turkish oud and sang Palestinian and Egyptian songs. Batool Khattab, lecturer in Arabic, organized the multilingual poetry evening in collaboration with faculty from the Russian department. Guests were treated to Russian and Middle Eastern sweets.

The program: 

"Think of Others," by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish

"Of the Names That I Love," from Andulusian Love Poetry

An excerpt from Les Contemplations, by French poet Victor Hugo

"Prologue," by Korean poet Yun Dong-Ju

"The Island of Language," by Brianna Cunliffe ’22

"Cholera," by Iraqi poet Nazik Al-Malaika

An excerpt from Illiad Book 24

Inferno, Canto 1, by Dante Alighieri

"To Giorgio Vasari," by Michelangelo Buonarroti

"Strong in the Rain," by Kenji Miyazawa

"Night, Street, Apothecary," by Alexander Blok

"In the Evening," by Anna Akhmatova

An excerpt from "Autumn," by Alexander Pushkin

"The End of a Beautiful Era," by Joseph Brodsky