Abstract: The imaginary world of Lebanese Canadian exiled poet Nadine Ltaif is rooted in the context of middle-eastern geography and mythology. Any attempt at understanding her poetic experience must be anchored in Mediterranean symbolism. This article explores the theme of exile in the poetry of this poet and identifies four essential mythological figures: Ishtar, Phoenix, Agar and Hecate. Ltaif invokes these symbols and reconstruct their metaphoric meanings in order to seek a metaphysical remedy for her anguish. The analysis of these Mediterranean symbols reveals a metaphysical process or a quest which begins with the exploration of the anguish of uprootedness and exile, reaches an emotional catharsis that desperately searches for a emotional refuge and finally leads to the emergence of a feeling of liberation and plenitude.
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