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Kahlil Gibran Kamyar Arjomand Kahlil Gibran was a poet philosopher and artist He was born in Lebanon a land that has produced many prophets The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age But he was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared to the work of William Blake another poetartist In the United States which he made his home during the last twenty years of his life he began to write in English He had written many books of poetry including The Madman The Prophet The Forerunner Sand and Foam Jesus the Son of Man The Earth Gods The Wanderer The Garden of The Prophet Prose Poem Nymphs of The Valley Spirits Rebellious A Tear and a Smile Broken Wings A Self Portrait The Wisdom of Gibran and his other books of poetry illustrated with his mystical drawings are known and loved by innumerable Americans who find in them an expression of the deepest impulses of mans heart and mind The poem that really touched me was called Friendship It talks about how Friendship is our needs answered and when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart When you part from your friend you grieve not For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absenceAnd let your best be for your friend If he must know the ebb of your tide let him know its flood also In this poem he speaks about what true friendship is all about For what he has described is true friendship In most of his poetry Kahlil Gibran uses many metaphors For example he uses in the poem of Children the name Archer
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