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Rita And The Rifle Analysis

Author: poem of Mahmoud Darwish Type: poem Views: 18

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Between Rita and my eyes

There is a rifle

And whoever knows Rita

Kneels and plays

To the divinity in those honey-colored eyes

And I kissed Rita

When she was young

And I remember how she approached

And how my arm covered the loveliest of braids

And I remember Rita

The way a sparrow remembers its stream

Ah, Rita

Between us there are a million sparrows and images

And many a rendezvous

Fired at by a rifle

Rita's name was a feast in my mouth

Rita's body was a wedding in my blood

And I was lost in Rita for two years

And for two years she slept on my arm

And we made promises

Over the most beautiful of cups

And we burned in the wine of our lips

And we were born again

Ah, Rita!

What before this rifle could have turned my eyes from yours

Except a nap or two or honey-colored clouds?

Once upon a time

Oh, the silence of dusk

In the morning my moon migrated to a far place

Towards those honey-colored eyes

And the city swept away all the singers

And Rita

Between Rita and my eyes—

A rifle

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Rita whom he loved was not possible to love due to the conflict, which is represented in the rifle. They shared hopes and dreams as well physical interaction but the reality was harsher to for their love to become a reality.

| Posted on 2015-01-07 | by a guest

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Anouar Brahem\'s wonderful 2009 CD, \'The Astounding Eyes of Rita\', is dedicated to Darwish and the liner reprints the poem, \"Rita and the Rifle.\' The cover, a woman waiting in shadow in an abandoned warehouse building overlooking a rural train depot in Upper Egypt, is symbolic of Rita\'s honey-colored eyes\'.

| Posted on 2011-11-10 | by a guest

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There seems to be also another way of interpreting the \"rifle\".
From a historical perspective, the \"rifle\" may point to the 1967 war. Rita could have been drafted to serve in the Israeli Army, hence the rifle as a powerful symbol for the separation forced on the couple by circumstances they cannot control and which force them to realize that they are positioned on two incompatible sides of a conflict.
I believe that there is an interview with Mahmoud Darwish in which he refers to the \"real Rita\" (her name was different, of course) and the fact that their relationship could not survive the polarization triggered by the 1967 War...
But the poem is certainly open to more than one reading.

| Posted on 2010-08-07 | by a guest

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Man meets girl.
Man and girl fall in love.
Racism splits couple.
Man kills girl.
Man writes a long winded poem lamenting the state of the world and blah blah.
This is the Palestinian version of Emo.
-- Reow

| Posted on 2009-11-02 | by a guest

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rita was an israeli girl that mahmoud darwish fell in love with. not to speak of the sexual relationship that they shared, they had a love affair that ended with their separation due to their being in opposite sides of the palestine cause.
in fact "she" who slept on his arm for two years is actually the rifle that comes in contrast with the two year affair that he had with rita.
on one hand he had rita but on the other he had the "rilfe" and the cause. and eventually it was the cause of their separation.
this shows mahmoud darwish as a poet torn apart by two worlds, and his situation made him gain nothing, and lose everything... love and cause.

| Posted on 2008-12-14 | by a guest

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"Rita and The Rifle" by Mahmoud Darwish is the other example of Palestinian love poems that are related to one's homeland. It is worthy to mention that this poem is a song performed by the Lebanese singer, Marsel Khalifeh. The speaker in this poem shows a great pain because after having a great love story filled with outstanding passion and sweet memories for a long time, a ridiculous tiny item like a rifle has been able to make them apart. Those memories include their story since they were children until they both grew up to be adults. One of the speaker's brilliant concerns is their sexual affair discussed indirectly. While reading, it is obvious that the lovers are indulged in a complete sexual relationship. There are several hints in the lines which can easily be a support to their affair. He says:
Rita's body was a wedding in my blood
And I was lost in Rita for two years
And for two years she slept on my arm
And we burned in the wine of our lips
And we were born again (18-24).
In these lines, the speaker confesses that he has really been interested and enjoyed in Rita's body for two years. Their second born resembles in a straight line their intercourse. Also, the importance of physical love in Darwish's life can be pointed out in his words when he says in an interview "I love to be in love... When it's over, I realize it wasn't love. Love is to be lived, not remembered." (Omer, Par. 26) The main cause of this spontaneous relationship break up is a silly rifle. Here, there can be two interpretations; on the one hand, Rita may be killed by a bullet from an Israeli rifle. On the other hand, the speaker may have been obliged to leave her in order to serve as a soldier and use a rifle.
Bushra & Yasmin

| Posted on 2008-04-18 | by a guest

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