Adonis

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Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Arabic: علي أحمد سعيد إسبر‎; born January 1, 1930, Latakia, Syria), also known by the pen name Adonis (Arabic: أدونيس), is a Syrian poet, essayist, and translator. He is considered as one of the most important modern Arab poets, who, using traditional poetic styles, developed a new manner of expressing modern sentiments. In 1956 he was imprisoned for six months for belonging to the Syrian National Party. He then moved to Beirut where he, along with Yusuf al-Khal, founded a poetry magazine, Majallat Shi'r. In 1968 he founded the avant-garde magazine, Mawaqif (Situations).