This chapter considers the poet Adunis's theoretical work, al-Thabitwa al mutahawwil, and sets the text against the imperatives of language and form which are compelled in the reading of the works of Mahmoud Darwish. It also looks into Adunis's discussion of the death of the prophet Muhammad, and various writings from some of the most prolific writers of the Arabic language—Abid al-Jabri, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, Faysal Darraj, Abdallah Laroui, Abdelkabir Khatibi, Abdelfattah Kilito, Sayyed al-Bahrawi, Radwa 'Ashour, Jurj Tarabishi, and Muhsin Jasim al-Musawi. Their works articulate a set of proximate, if distinct questions, which the word “I” in Darwish also compels. The works of Darwish illustrate “the aesthetic unity of manner and substance,” which compels a reading of literary institutions that desire to read literature in order to form them into bits of consumable, interiorizable, temporally coherent linguistic sense.
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