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Adonis was born Ali Ahmad Said in Kassabeen, Syria, in 1930, and adopted the name Adonis when he was 17. He co-founded Sh’ir poetry magazine and later formed Muwaqaf. He is an internationally renowned poet, essayist, and theoretician of poetics. 'Adonis becomes first Arab writer to win Goethe Prize', in [url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/30/adonis-arab-win-goethe-prize]The Guardian[/url].