“Poetry cannot slit a child’s throat, nor kill a man or destroy a museum,” said Adonis, whose real name is Ali Ahmad Saïd Esber.
Calling for a separation between the state and religion, he said poets could play an important role in bringing this about.
“Arab poetry has always been against God,” he said. There are no great poets in our history who were great believers like for example (Paul) Claudel in France.”
“The future lies in secularism….”