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remembering said akl“The absence of Said Akl’s physical presence is a big loss, but his great output – of poetry, prose and plays – keeps him alive in minds, consciences and hearts, one generation after another. He remains a literary, intellectual and cultural icon for the coming generations,” Patriarch Beshara Rai said.

“He loved Lebanon and he put it on top of all nations,” Rai said. “He’s the one who said: ‘I love Lebanon more than myself,’ and considered it as an extraordinary country.”

“Go in peace, poet, writer, giant and believer in the heart of the divine beauty that await you in heaven; you who said one day that seeing Jesus will be the only thing more beautiful than thinking,” the patriarch said in concluding.

Born in 1911 in Zahle, Lebanon, Said Akl passed away on Friday 28 November 2014. Many know him as a passionate Lebanese nationalist, a prominent modern poet and a playwright.
Born in 1911 in Zahle, Lebanon, Said Akl passed away on Friday 28 November 2014. Many know him as a passionate Lebanese nationalist, a prominent modern poet and a playwright.
Christian clerics pray around the coffin of Lebanese poet Said Akl, as his body lies in state in Notre Dame University northeast of Beirut December 1, 2014. Said Akl, one of Lebanon's most prominent 20th-century poets, died on Friday at over 100 years of age.
Christian clerics pray around the coffin of Lebanese poet Said Akl, as his body lies in state in Notre Dame University northeast of Beirut December 1, 2014. Said Akl, one of Lebanon’s most prominent 20th-century poets.
A mourner takes a picture as she pays her respects Monday at the coffin bearing the body of Lebanese poet Said Akl at Notre Dame University in northeast of Beirut.
A mourner takes a picture as she pays her respects Monday at the coffin bearing the body of Lebanese poet Said Akl.
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