I don't know how many of you have heard of the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. In fact, he was known as the Palestinian national poet and was always one of the people mentioned when it came of the Nobel sweepstakes for some time.
Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 to 9 August 2008) is no more. He passed away after suffering complications in an open heart surgery. You can read the story on the BBC website.
Let me give you one of his quotes:
I thought poetry could change everything, could change history and could humanize, and I think that the illusion is very necessary to push poets to be involved and to believe, but now I think that poetry changes only the poet.