Friday، 21 July 2000 - 12:00 AM
Hafez Ibrahim (February 24, 1872 – July 21, 1932) is an outstanding Egyptian poet, called the Poet of the Nile and the Poet of the People. He was one of several poets that revived Arabic poetry during the second half of the 19th Century. While still using the classical Arabic system of meter and rhyme, these poets wrote to express new ideas and feelings unknown to the classical poets. Hafez is noted for writing poems on political and social issues.
He was born on a ship floating on the Nile near Dairout. His father was Egyptian, and his mother Turkish. Both died when he was young. Before his mother died, she brought him to Cairo. There, he lived with his poor uncle, a government engineer. His uncle later moved to Tanta, where Hafez went to school. Hafez was touched by his uncle’s poverty; after a time, he left his uncle. He left the uncle a note containing this passage:
My burden became heavy now
I don’t believe it
So, be happy I am leaving
Going to hell
After this, Hafez spent some time living in Tanta streets. He eventually ended up in the office of Mouhamed Abou Shadi, who was one of the 1919 revolution leaders.
He graduated from the War School in 1890 and was famous for his national and social poems. He traveled to Sudan and established with some officers a national assembly, but he was arrested for this.
Among his poems: (poem of Hijra Year, Egypt speaks about itself and Prison of Merits).