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A New Look at Khalil Gibran: an article by Peter Ryan

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a presentation prepared for a report in my Lit 3 (General Education) class.

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*all texts are from the article of Mr. Peter Ryan.

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A New Look at Khalil Gibran: an article by Peter Ryan

  1. 1. A New Look at Khalil Gibran by Peter Ryan Prepared by: Dani Joey Llamasares BAPS 4Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 1Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  2. 2. "Prophet: the Life and Times of Khalil Gibran," • Robin Waterfield, offers a fresh perspective on the famed Lebanese- American poet-one that may surprise both Gibrans fans and his critics.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 2Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  3. 3. Khalil Gibran • man torn between two realities: • MAN OF HIS POETRY • MAN OF HIS LIFERyan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 3Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  4. 4. Waterfields lens • two realities: 1.the man of his poetry, full of ideals and praise for the virtue of nature and romantic love; 2.and the man of his life, a charismatic and self-indulgent egotist who spent most of his years trapped in the confines of the city and whose own love life was more mundane than those of the heroic romantics he depicted in poetry.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 4Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  5. 5. Accounts of the Poet’s Life • Gibran is portrayed as a compulsive liar, who fabricates stories about his own life to impress his friends and acquaintances. • He also occasionally comes across as heartless. • Towards the end of his life, Gibran begins to struggle with alcoholism. • Gibran was a man who did not practice what he preached and lived his life torn between the ideals of his poetry and the realities of his life.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 5Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  6. 6. Gibran’s importance as a literary figure • intellectual bridge between the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East and the Western world. • outspoken about Syrian and Lebanese politics. • revolutionary perspective on religion and gender.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 6Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  7. 7. Lebanon • During World War I, when the Ottoman empire was basically starving out the peoples of Lebanon by cutting off their access to supply lines, Gibran wrote a poem lamenting what he considered to be a genocide of his people—a genocide largely ignored by the Western world.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 7Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  8. 8. Syria • He also encouraged the peoples living in the Syrian province of the Ottoman empire to rise up against their oppressors; to seek liberation and independence.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 8Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  9. 9. Although he may have lacked the pragmatism of a politician, Gibran clearly had a political agenda for much of his work.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 9Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  10. 10. On Religion and Gender • Gibran believed that the rigid institutional orthodoxy of the church was at odds with the figure of Jesus • “In Gibran’s eyes, the church… was co- operating with the worldly power of governments to oppress the poor” but “the person of Christ, and his original teachings as expounded in the gospels, remained strong sources of inspiration for Gibran throughout his life.”Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 10Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  11. 11. CONCLUSION • Waterfield: “not a bad man… He was simply a troubled man,” Ryan: It is impossible to dismiss Gibran, but it is equally impossible to view him as a Saint.Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Templates Free Powerpoint Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Page 11Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/36
  12. 12. Source:• Ryan, Peter. The Middle East Window.com: A new Look at Khalil Gibran. 2008. Retreived from: http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=node/ 36 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 12
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