Palestinian poet Ezz Al-Din Manasrah dies at 74

Ezz Al-Din Manasrah (Photo: Wikipedia)
AMMAN — Palestinian poet, critic, intellectual and academic Izz Al-Din Manasrah died on Monday of COVID-19 complications at the age of 74.

Manasrah has been a poet of the Palestinian resistance since the late 1960s and his name has been associated with such poets as Mahmoud Darwish, Samih Qasim and Tawfiq Ziyad, or as they are collectively called the "Big Four in Palestinian Poetry."اضافة اعلان

Manasrah was born in 1946 in Hebron’s Bani Naim town, and acquired hisa bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Cairo University in 1968, and his higher education diploma in 1969, also from Cairo University. He then went on to get his PhD from the Sofia University in Bulgaria in 1981.

He worked in Journalism and education in Jordan, and Lebanon, and as a university professor in Algeria, after which he settled back in Jordan where he established and headed the Arabic faculty at Al Quds Open University.

Among his most notable works are his poems "Jafra" and "The Green Kannah."