Fadwa Toqan

Fadwa Toqan


Fadwa Toqan was born in Nabless in 1917 In a rich family, which had a political and economical influence, that considered the Woman participation in public life is something not loved. Therefore, Fadwa Toqan couldn’t complete here studies, and had to rely on herself in educating herself. She also attended English and Arab conferences and carnivals.


Her relationship with her brother Ibrahim has made a great effect on her life, because he was able to convince his sister to write poetry.

Her poems dealt with Personal and social topics. And she’s one of the first poets to work on the embodiment of emotions in their poems. Therefore, she put the primary principles of the feminine experiences in Love and revolution, and the women protest on the society.

Her poems have many phases, she transformed from romantic poems to free poetry, at last she wrote revolutionary poems after the fall of Palestine.


Even if she didn’t participate in the public life she was able to share and publish her poems in Egyptian, Iraq, and Lebanese newspapers, which gave her great attention in the fourties of the last century.

The death of her brother Ibrahim and her father, then the 1948 war made her participate In the political life in the fifties.

The major transformation in Fadwa’s life was her trip to London in the sixties, which remained two years, because it opened for her many humanitarian, and knowledgeable horizons, and made her intact with the European accomplishments.


After the 1967 war Fadwa goes out to share in the public life of the people of Nabless under invasion.


Her publishes:

Throughout 50 years Fadwa Toqan published 8 poetry collections, which are: “Alone with the days” published in 1952, “I found It”, “Give Us Love”, “In Front Of The Closed Door”, “Nights and Knights, “On the Top Of The World Alone”, “July and The Other Thing”, “The Last Tone”, which was published in 2000. In addition to 2 biographies.


Awards she won:

•       The Sultan award in the United Arab Emirates in 1989

•       The Jerusalem medal in 1990

•       The International festival of contemporary writers in Italy

•       The Cultural earning medal in Tunisia in 1996

•       The “Kafafes” poetry award in 1996

•       The Literature award from the Palestinian liberation organization in 1997