|Biographical detail : ||Iraqi poet.
He “led Arabic poetry beyond the constraints of classical Arabic poetical forms, transcending the traditional rhyme schemes and conventional metric patterns that had prevailed for more than 15 centuries.” He tried to create a Renaissance for his people, his innovative poetry reflected a wide range of interests and his mind sought new frontiers. The Broken Jugs, his collection “formed the basis of Arab poetry’s modernist movement.”
His life was a story of flight and exile; he spent much of his life outside his homeland. He always dreamt at night that he was in Iraq.
He died of a heart attack in Damascus where he was buried.