Gibran was born in the Christian Maronite town of Bsharri in modern day northern Lebanon. As a result of his family's poverty, Gibran did not receive any formal schooling during his youth. Without a home, Gibran's mother decided to follow her brother and immigrate to the United States.
Much of Gibran's writings deal with Christianity, especially on the topic of spiritual love. His poetry is notable for its use of formal language, as well as insights on topics of life using spiritual terms. Gibran was a prominent Syrian nationalist. In a political statement he drafted in 1911, he expresses his loyalty to Greater Syria and to the safeguarding of Syria's national territorial integrity.