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Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran



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Gibran Khalil Gibran
“You Have Your Lebanon”
The Lebanese art goes back to 3000 BC, due to the accomplishments of the Phoenicians.Lebanon has been known for its strong traditional literature where many essayists, prose writersand poets spread their work to the world. Khalil Gibran is one of the best recognized authors inthe Lebanese history. He was born on January 6, 1883 in Bsharri, a small town in the north of Lebanon. Khalil Gibran left his origin country to New York in 1895, and died there in 1931. Hewas one of the bestselling poets in history. Khalil Gibran writings accurately represent theLebanese society through its attention on culture, lifestyle, and its direct representation of theLebanese situation.“You have your Lebanon” is one of the well known poetries written by Khalil Gibran. It isrelated to the Lebanese literature and how the author had his own view of his origin country.Lebanon have passed by many civil wars threw ages and the author wanted to guide theLebanese society by showing them his view of this small country and how he sees it.The Lebanese society dilemmas are mainly political and religious. Lebanon is a much diversifiedreligious country; it has equal social sizes of different religions (Christians, Muslims, Druze andJews who left the country in the 1940’s). This diversification made a political instability in thecountry, where everyone wants a part of a political system. For the past 8 decades Lebanon isstruggling to solve this internal dilemma, but without any progress till now. This made thecountry a place for international wars on the Lebanese land. This is because every party issupported by country in the region.Going back to Khalil Gibran, the poetry explains how the author feels toward the situationLebanon is passing through. The poetry tells the Lebanese reader about the difference betweenevery Lebanese civilian and the author. The entry of the poetry mansions:“You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty.Your Lebanon is an arena for men from the West and men from the East.My Lebanon is a flock of birds fluttering in the early morning as shepherds lead their sheep into the meadow and rising in the evening as farmers return from their fields andvineyards.”
You Have Your Lebanon and I Have My Lebanon
, Gibran Khalil
We can notice that the writer saw Lebanon from another prospective, where he looked at thecountry’s beauty and not its dilemmas, which explains the positive view of the country. Then heshows how the country is being affected by the West and the East for foreigners political benefits that produces a turnover of internal problems. While on the other hand he shows thereality of the Lebanese country and people, when he mentioned “my Lebanon is a flock of  birds…. Farmers return from their fields…”In the other part of the poetry:“Yours are those whose souls were born in the hospitals of the West; they are as shipwithout rudder or sail upon a raging sea.... They are strong and eloquent amongthemselves but weak and dumb among Europeans. They are brave, the liberators and thereformers, but only in their own area. But they are cowards, always led backwards by theEuropeans. They are those who croak like frogs boasting that they have rid themselves of their ancient, tyrannical enemy, but the truth of the matter is that this tyrannical enemystill hides within their own souls. They are the slaves for whom time had exchanged rustychains for shiny ones so that they thought themselves free. These are the children of your Lebanon. Is there anyone among them who represents the strength of the towering rocksof Lebanon, the purity of its water or the fragrance of its air? Who among themvouchsafes to say, "When I die I leave my country little better than when I was born"?Who among them dare to say, "My life was a drop of blood in the veins of Lebanon, atear in her eyes or a smile upon her lips"?Those are the children of your Lebanon. They are, in your estimation, great; butinsignificant in my estimation.”
You Have Your Lebanon and I Have My Lebanon
, GibranKhalil
He means by “your children” the men in power who have control in thecountry how their brains are refreshed by western and eastern societies,which makes them makes the good for others benefits, and not for their owncountry. It shows how those people are weak in front of western societies andact as followers and as people making a change in their country to thebetter.However, for the current Lebanese political situation, we can noticethe most of politicians and people in high positions in the country don’t havetrust in their country. They have their families living and studying in westerncountries claiming its safer and more stable. Than Khalil Gibran, turns to show the real Lebanese successors, by callingthem “the children of my Lebanon
“Let me tell you who are the children of my Lebanon.They are farmers who would turn the fallow field into garden and grove.
They are the shepherds who lead their flocks through the valleys to be fattened for your table meat and your woolens.They are the vine-pressers who press the grape to wine and boil it to syrup.They are the parents who tend the nurseries, the mothers who spin the silken yarn.They are the husbands who harvest the wheat and the wives who gather the sheaves.They are the builders, the potters, the weavers and the bell-casters.They are the poets who pour their souls in new cups.They are those who migrate with nothing but courage in their hearts and strength in their arms but who return with wealth in their hands and a wreath of glory upon their heads.They are the victorious wherever they go and loved and respected wherever they settle.They are the ones born in huts but who died in palaces of learning.These are the children of Lebanon; they are the lamps that cannot be snuffed by the windand the salt which remains unspoiled through the ages.They are the ones who are steadily moving toward perfection, beauty, and truth.”
You Have Your Lebanon and I Have My Lebanon
, Gibran Khalil
 The children of Khalil Gibran are once who gave their country more than itgave them, the once who worked hard to feel proud of the country theybelong to, the once who will die saying “I made my country a little betterthan it was through my life”
You Have Your Lebanon and I Have My Lebanon
, GibranKhalil
. The poetry shows the authors love to his country, and how he wants to see ita leading country in all major, and not a follower. However the author istelling the Lebanese people that he can’t do it alone, and it needs a unity of the Lebanese people to achieve this goal. In the last part of the poetry theauthor sends a call to the Lebanese people, a threat that they can’t see inthat current time.
“What will remain of your Lebanon after a century? Tell me! Except bragging, lying andstupidity? Do you expect the ages to keep in its memory the traces of deceit and cheatingand hypocrisy? Do you think the atmosphere will preserve in its pockets the shadows of death and the stench of graves?Do you believe life will accept a patched garment for a dress? Verily, I say to you that anolive plant in the hills of Lebanon will outlast all of your deeds and your works; that thewooden plow pulled by the oxen in the crannies of Lebanon is nobler than your dreamsand aspirations.I say to you, while the conscience of time listened to me, that the songs of a maidencollecting herbs in the valleys of Lebanon will outlast all the uttering of the most exalted

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