If you think poetry is all about wandering through flowers of daffodils reciting verse, think again.
According to an article by Elliott Colla, the Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, there was much poetry in the revolution that overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
He says poetry had played a prominent role in these events.
"The slogans the protesters are chanting are couplets — and they are as loud as they are sharp. The diwan of this revolt began to be written as soon as Ben Ali fled Tunis, in pithy lines like “Yâ Mubârak! Yâ Mubârak! Is-Sa‘ûdiyya fi-ntizârak!,” (“Mubarak, O Mubarak, Saudi Arabia awaits!”)," he writes.
"In the streets themselves, there are scores of other verses, ranging from the caustic “Shurtat Masr, yâ shurtat Masr, intû ba’aytû kilâb al-’asr” (“Egypt’s Police, Egypt’s Police, You’ve become nothing but Palace dogs”), to the defiant “Idrab idrab yâ Habîb, mahma tadrab mish hansîb!” (“Hit us, beat us, O Habib [al-Adly, now-former minister of the Interior], hit all you want — we’re not going to leave!”)."
"I wandered lonely as a cloud," it certainly isn't.