The Prophet | Study Guide

Kahlil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran

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Philosophy, Religion

At a Glance

This study guide analyzes the 26 prose poems of Kahlil Gibran's revered book The Prophet. Published in 1923, the book offered insights into universal issues of life and living that brought comfort and hope to a world still suffering spiritually from the devastating effects of World War I (1914–18). Over the following decades the popularity of his poetry, with its wisdom and visions of an enlightened life path, continued to rise. Speaking through the fictional prophet Almustafa, a messenger of God, Gibran encourages readers to see past the veil of the temporal and material world and to contemplate the eternal and transcendent, inherent in all things. Never out of print since its first publication, The Prophet's message continues to resonate in the present century. Millions of copies of his works have been sold, and the trend continues, placing Gibran among the best-selling poets in the world.

About the Title

The Prophet refers to the central figure in the poems, Almustafa, a wise man who has spent 12 years in exile on the fictional island of Orphalese. Preparing to set sail for his homeland, he shares parting gifts of wisdom concerning life's key questions with the people of Orphalese.


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