Syrian poet dies
The famous Syrian poet and writer Mohammed al-Maghout passed away on Monday afternoon after a long struggle with illness. Maghout’s death is considered as a great loss to all the intellectual circles in Syria and the Arab world. He was 72. According to SANA, the Arab Writers Union mourned on Monday the death of al-Maghout who was born in 1934 at Salamya city of Hama governorate in central Syria where he studied to work in literary journalism for the rest of his life.
“Maghout is considered one of the greatest writers in literature, poetry and drama in the Arab world .He is one of those writers who pushed the prose poem forward and owned a distinguished pen of exceptional ideas mainly in his journalistic writings that were published in many Arab and local papers and characterized by national and pan-Arab peculiarity,” SANA literary editor said.
Maghout’s drama series writings reflected tragedies and hopes of the Arab citzens daily concerns by shedding light on the smallest details of Man's life.
He was honored by many rewards on his whole drama and poetry works including Ouice Reward in 2004-2005 as well as he was honored in a celebration held at al-Assad Library in 2002.
The majority of his poetry, drama and story works have been rewarded at international and Arab celebrations as well as most critics talked about "al-Maghout Theatre" which established a new era of triggering the Arab street and making it aware of the current sensitive issues.
His poetry and stories were translated to several foreign languages and have been published in many international capitals in addition to criticism studies on his poetry and drama.