Moroccan Poet Arij Wins Fourth Round

DUBAI - The Moroccan poet Mohammed Arij emerged the winner of the fourth round of Prince of Poets competition, held weekly at Al Raha Theatre in Abu Dhabi.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Mon 6 Jul 2009, 1:16 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:55 PM

Seven poets — Saeed Ateeq Saif Batiye Al Qubaisi (UAE), Mohammad Al-Soudi (Yemen), Qamar Sabri Jassem (Syria), Masar Riad Ali (Iraq), Belqais Al Shamiri (Saudi Arabia), Mohammed Arij (Morocco) and Malek Samara (Palestine) — recited their best verses in front of the jury and the audience and fans of the live televised show during the weekend.

While the Arabic classical poetry composed and recited by Arij was praised for its content, the judges on Thursday cautioned the poet on his lack of interpretation skills.

“Arij’s poem is beautiful but he needs to rehearse on reciting,” said Dr Ahmed Khreis, one of the judges.

Dr Abdul Malik Murtadh, also a judge, said that the verses were worthy of the greatest poets, but “Arij rubbed his poem’s beauty by reciting it badly”. Still, the Moroccan poet was the judges’ choice for the next round.

The evening was also a success for Malek Samara, who won the audience vote. From the jury, his poem drew a mixture of criticism.

Dr Murtadh noticed that the poet tried to describe Arab heritage, but there were some imperfections in the text, while Dr Khreis thought the poem was confusing, even though it contained very beautiful and profound verses.

Hassan Baiti and Bassam Saleh from the previous episode are also through to the next round by public vote.

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