في شعر نزار المرأة تارة تأتي معبودة وكأنه جعل منها إلهة .. وتارة أخرى ينزل بها لمرتبة العبيد وهو خالقها وقاضي أمرها ولله أمرها فيه.. شعره قد يكون قويًا...moreفي شعر نزار المرأة تارة تأتي معبودة وكأنه جعل منها إلهة .. وتارة أخرى ينزل بها لمرتبة العبيد وهو خالقها وقاضي أمرها ولله أمرها فيه.. شعره قد يكون قويًا بحق المرأة إذا كانت امرأة تهمه مثل بلقيس أو فاطمة ولكن كثيرًا ما أجد شعره بحق المرأة تافها وكتابة للشعر لمجرد الكتابة والبيع وجمع الأموال. (less)
مللتت وتثاءبت عندما قرأت أعماله الأخرى فيما يخص النهود ومملكات النهود.. ولكن ما إن وجدت نزار يتحدث شاعرًا عن قضايا الأمة حتى وجدت شعرًا حقيقيًا قويًا...moreمللتت وتثاءبت عندما قرأت أعماله الأخرى فيما يخص النهود ومملكات النهود.. ولكن ما إن وجدت نزار يتحدث شاعرًا عن قضايا الأمة حتى وجدت شعرًا حقيقيًا قويًا لم أعهده من قبل. أعيب عليه تطاوله وسفاهته بحق العرب.(less)
والنهدان في شعر نزار يثوران ولا يستكينان للوضع القائم بل سيخرجان على القانون ويثبان دون خنوع في عز وشموخ إذ هما لا يقلان عن الشعر الذي يعتمل في نفس نزار ويضرمان له خياله.
يمتاز شعره بفهم عملي واقعي لمجريات حياتنا مع بساطة تنأى بنفسها عن الإسراف في التبسيط حفظا على العمق ومن يدمج البساطة في العمق سوى شاعر بارع مثل نزار جعلنا جميعا نتذوق الشعر على اختلاف شهاداتنا العلمية حتى إننا صرنا ننشده في قصائد نجاة وعبد الحليم إلخ؟(less)
As I read this book amongst several other books on Islamic mysticism, I reflect on how much I have and there are others who have nothing. There are Mu...more As I read this book amongst several other books on Islamic mysticism, I reflect on how much I have and there are others who have nothing. There are Muslims, no less than one billion Muslims, who acknowledge God as a Creator and a Judge but also inspires them to fear and terror. In Islam, God has 99 attributes of his Divine Name and one of them is al-mutakabir المتكبر i.e. the Arrogant One, and a Muslim is to approach him as a slave عبد full of fear and insecurity in his presence. The Psalmist would hear this and break out in shouting joy, "Who is like the Lord our God?" The weakest Christian believer can have the same claim about the Lord Saviour we all follow and live with. As I see a Muslim full of sentiments of fear and servility, I read Luke 2 where the angel says to the shepherds first of all not to "fear" but instead to "rejoice". Christian joy is the antithesis of Moslem fear. A Christian approaches his Lord, not in cringing fear as a Muslim would, going to receive Christ as His Lord he discovers that it is His Lord who takes the initiative of infinite Love and reaches out to him/ her and hugs him saying, "don't be afraid". It is because we become adopted sons and daughters of God that we have all the confidence in the world to approach our Lord in boldness crying out Abba Father. All this happens in joy and complete security of a child of God. It would be nice this Christmas to remember our Muslim brothers and sisters and pray for them to know the God who is Love (and that is who He simply IS) and that if He dwells in them will cast out all that unhealthy fear and terror out of their hearts. To know God as a Creator like a Muslim does won't give us that "joy" that the angel is talking about. We need more than a relationship with God than just acknowledging him as merely a Creator. To acknowledge God as just a Creator is something that even demons do and tremble as it says in the epistle of James. Humans and the entire creation need to acknowledge God as more than a Creator, as Love who takes on the form of a human, becoming a Servant, sharing in their humanity in every sense except sin and raising through their union with him to be partakers of the divine nature. We can't help but be the Apostle Paul who wished to be anathema if that would be it what it takes for his kinsfolk to accept Christ as Lord; they, instead, have become the enemies of the Cross whom Paul remembers weeping. The first thing a Muslim would revile and curse at is the Cross. Why? Because the devil in them rejects the ultimate of divine love manifested to such a sacrificial degree in the Redeemer of joy. Let us remember Muslims with tears of intercession and seek to actively do something about their salvation. We have an active role to play. Our active participation involves rising, getting off our cushioned seats, and "prepare the way of the Lord" in order for Him to come into the lives of Muslims. Man-made methods won't alter the darkness of Islam in the hearts of Muslims, but the cross of Christ will undoubtedly triumph. Transformation is more genuine when it comes from within as a result of the operation of the Holy Spirit. After all, you can lead a horse to the water but you can't make him drink.
In one review, I read"I find his references to women just a little bit too objectifying, so it makes my skin crawl.". I felt this was a bit unfair sin...moreIn one review, I read"I find his references to women just a little bit too objectifying, so it makes my skin crawl.". I felt this was a bit unfair since we need "objects" to paint a poetic image as poetry can't be abstract concepts. Well, Neruda really got to me and made my skin crawl too. Take this poem of his:
Your breast is enough for my heart, and my wings for your freedom.
He takes a part of her, an object, and that is all he needs for his heart. In return, she can be thankful for his "wings" as they provide her with all the protection in the world she needs. What chauvinism! Neruda is plagued by despair in every verse he writes. When we take about love, it is supposed to instill longings of hope in our hearts and expect more out of life, but this book is permeated by a spirit of despair that runs in its verses here and there. May be my problem is I began with Shakespeare and Arabic romantic poetry not to be able to appreciate this. The book is still good for anybody who wants to build his Spanish vocabulary as it is bilingual.(less)