Born in 1929, Negm is a legend in the Arab world, known for his outspokenness, wit and resistance. Beginning to write poetry while serving a prison sentence for forging papers he soon became a working class hero and a vocal critic of Egypt’s former regimes.
Here is a selection of quotes from the “poet of protest” and “the voice of Egypt’s revolution”:
“Revolution is started by dreamers, led by maniacs; its benefits eventually enjoyed by opportunistic SOBs.”
“Before you claim to be a protector of religion, first make sure that you understand religion.”
“If Islam was about how big your beard is, Santa Claus should be Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh.”
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He was also known for his wit and sarcasm…
"I still write like I'm 25, eat like I'm 25, and please a woman like I'm 25.”
“Sunnis can seek help from the US; Shias have Russia; but atheists have no protector other than God.”
Which is your favourite Negm poem?