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Abu Dhabi opens doors for 'Prince of Poets' contest

posted on 07/04/2009: 3066 views

The Poetry Academy in the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced Monday opening its doors for those who wish to participate in the 'Prince of Poets' 2009 contest.

Poets wishing to take part in the third session of the classical Arabic poetry contest must register before the 20th of April 2009 deadline.

The contest plays a significant role in promoting the Arab poetry in its cultural scene, and was able to cross the waters of the Arabian Gulf via Abu Dhabi satellite channel to reach hundreds of millions of Arab-speaking viewers worldwide.

Issa Mazrouei, Director of Projects Management at ADACH, said the contest seeks to attract the largest possible number of classical Arabic poets to discover fresh talents and present them on satellite TV.

The 'Prince of Poets' contest encouraged new generations to develop their poetic talents, enabling them to meet with distinct poets, and teaching them to identify the rhythms and rhymes of various schools of poetry.

Sultan Al Amimi, Director of the Poetry Academy, said the contest accepts all forms of classical Arabic poetry, whether verses are rhymed or blank, but prose would not be included.

Participation is open to poets between the ages of 18 and 45 years old only. Each contester must send a poem of at least 20 verses but should not exceed 30 verses.

Contesters wishing to participate in free verse can do so provided that it does not exceed two parts of no more than 15 lines each.

The contest, which is organized by ADACH, awards the first-place winner with one million UAE dirhams, in addition to the title 'Prince of Poets'.

The final episode of last year's contest saw the title awarded to the Mauritanian poet Mohamed Ould Bemba. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Yacoub from Saudi Arabia won second place and half a million dirhams; Egyptian Ahmed Bakhit came third, winning 300,000 dirhams; while Jordan's Muhannad Sari made it fourth with 200,00 dirhams; and at fifth place was Adi Ould Adba from Mauritania, obtaining 100 dirhams.

The name of the contest, 'Prince of Poets', was originally the honourary title granted to the Egyptian poet Ahmed Shawqi by a number of Arab poets in 1927, in appreciation of his poetry. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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