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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

WATCH: The legacy of Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish is considered to be one of the greatest Arab poets of the 20th century.

Born in a village near Galilee, he lived in exile for most of his life and started writing poetry after high school.

Most of Darwish's work focused on a love and yearning for his homeland and he was regarded as the Palestinians’ poet of resistance.

Many of his poems were set to music by Arab composers, most significantly Marcel Khalife.

The most notable are Rita and the Rifle and I Yearn for my Mother’s Bread. These poems have become revolutionary anthems for generations of Arabs.