Poetics of Resistance

A Postcolonial reading of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry





collective unconscious, discourse, Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine, postcolonialism, resistance, self-reflexiveness


Focusing on Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry, this article aims to present his resistance poetry as aesthetic embodiment of oral dissemination rather than purely an art form. We can deduce three roles of Darwish’s take on resistance against the backdrop of Palestinian struggle; first is the attempt to subvert patriarchal/colonial ascendency by subjecting traditional affirmations to critical, postcolonial inquiry; second is the attempt to raise the self-esteem of the people by conferring upon them a ‘national sublime’ that emerges from their relentless struggle and sacrifice, and; third the presentation of poetic diction that evolves into a self-reflexive domain galvanizing the people into waging the struggle for their rights. 

Author Biography

Sarah Syed Kazmi, DHA Suffa University, Karachi

Sarah Syed Kazmi is an an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, DHA Suffa University, Karachi. She heads the English Program and is the Chairperson of the Literary Society as well as Public Speaking Society.



How to Cite

Kazmi, S. S. (2022). Poetics of Resistance: A Postcolonial reading of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry. Review of Human Rights, 8(1), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.35994/rhr.v8i1.213
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