The Prophet by Khalil Gibran



My hometown famous writer, Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and a painter, also considered a philosopher although he rejected this title. Gibran’s life has been described as one “often caught between Nietzschean rebellion, Blakean pantheism and Sufi mysticism”. He wrote about love, happiness, religion, justice, soul, death, life and so on.

He wrote his most famous book, The Prophet in 1923, while in New York. I personally think it has been very much inspired by Nietzsche’s Thus spoke Zarathustra. The Prophet is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, justice and all topics of human questionning.

I picked this paragraph of it for all of us to meditate upon:


This book is a must-read. I would love to know how do you interpret this prose poetry. Please leave you comments down below

12 thoughts on “The Prophet by Khalil Gibran”

  1. Wow, I was literally thinking about this particular poem, yesterday. The first time I read it, I reflected on my own parents and my childhood. It felt like an acknowledgement that no child is really tabla rasa. It was powerful for me.

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  2. Thank you. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a quite popular read in France, yet I know of no other French pocket edition of his writings, and that certainly is a pity (I see no reason why some of his poetry did not make it to the Poésie Gallimard collection, for instance).

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