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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Spring 2021


Inspiration is key in the production of virtually all literary pieces. Kahlil Gibran, born in Lebanon, was a poet with a penchant for intellectual provocation of status quos and societal norms, which strikingly distinguished him from the other writers of his era. His messages often centered on idyllic unity and utopianism, but he was also a harsh critic of those who wrongly used their positions of power. This paper examines what influenced Gibran’s philosophy and how his legacy has evolved. Research was largely conducted through scholarly databases, such as Academic Search Complete and Opposing Viewpoints, and by reading biographical information provided by his website and books, such as Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet. His tumultuous upbringing in a nation torn apart by religious differences, interest in studying a wide variety of faiths, and fondness for philosophers, such as Nietzsche, all influenced his philosophy and perspective. Global influences led to religious toleration, peace, and empathy for others, becoming the cornerstones of his literature which went on to inspire heads of state and 1960s counterculture.

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