The city of Nazareth inherited the Palestinian poet and writer, Tawfiq Ziyad, with prayer and courage. He was the guardian of its heritage and the lamp of its memory. What has he done to support the Palestinian people?
The episode of “Beyond the Text” (5/30/2021) shed light on this eminent poet, and revealed how his poetry was used to serve the Palestinian cause until his death in 1994.
Tawfiq Ziyad believed in the importance of poetry to defend the identity of his people, so he was an extension of a generation of poets who tried, through their poetry, to recover the Palestinian compass after the Nakba of 1948.
According to his wife and partner of his life, Naela Ziyad, He belonged to the Palestinian cause heart and soul, and this is evident in his Palestinian poems calling for return and adherence to patriotism.
As for the Palestinian poet Nazih Hassoun, he considered that Ziyad rooted the identity of the Palestinians as a politician and orator, and because of his interest in popular literature that he revived in his poems.
For his part, Palestinian scholar and academic Jamil Kittani said that Ziad is one of the most popular Palestinian poets who sang the land and the Arab countries and used to mention the names of Palestinian cities in order to establish the place as an identity for the Palestinian people.
Much of his poetry was distinguished by his narrative, as he mixed poetry and prose, although some critics reproached him for this, because he used to feed some of his poems in the vernacular language.
In turn, the Palestinian critic Nabih al-Qasim considered that what distinguishes Ziyad’s poetry is simplicity and clarity, and his use of words close to people’s daily language, and not to enter into symbolism and mythology and everything that complicates the poem and keeps it away from the reader.
Muhammad al-Dawabsha, a professor of Arabic literature at the Arab League in Jenin, considered that Ziad is an extension of his Arab depth, as most of his poems’ titles contain a great kind of motivation and mindfulness, as his poems are considered an existing vision loaded with history, visions and ideas to preserve the Palestinian land.