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Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Briain, Urdu has one of the richest literatures of all south Asian languages. The modern Urdu poets presented in this book offer a fascinating range of forms and styles that grew out of that tradition, as well as a complex commentary on the experience -- person Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Briain, Urdu has one of the richest literatures of all south Asian languages. The modern Urdu poets presented in this book offer a fascinating range of forms and styles that grew out of that tradition, as well as a complex commentary on the experience -- personal, religious, cultural, political -- of the issues and dilemmas of the twentieth century. In his introduction, M. A. R. Habib outlines the history of Urdu literature, identifies the major poets associated with the classical tradition, discusses some Western influences, and describes the formal genres of the poetry (the qasida, the masnavi, and the marisiya forms of the longer poems; the qit'a, the rubai, and the ghazal forms of the shorter poems). Together, the commentary and the poems in this volume provide an informed introduction to major modern trends in Urdu poetry.


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Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Briain, Urdu has one of the richest literatures of all south Asian languages. The modern Urdu poets presented in this book offer a fascinating range of forms and styles that grew out of that tradition, as well as a complex commentary on the experience -- person Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Briain, Urdu has one of the richest literatures of all south Asian languages. The modern Urdu poets presented in this book offer a fascinating range of forms and styles that grew out of that tradition, as well as a complex commentary on the experience -- personal, religious, cultural, political -- of the issues and dilemmas of the twentieth century. In his introduction, M. A. R. Habib outlines the history of Urdu literature, identifies the major poets associated with the classical tradition, discusses some Western influences, and describes the formal genres of the poetry (the qasida, the masnavi, and the marisiya forms of the longer poems; the qit'a, the rubai, and the ghazal forms of the shorter poems). Together, the commentary and the poems in this volume provide an informed introduction to major modern trends in Urdu poetry.

39 review for An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dirk

    I took up this book because I’d read that the wonderful novel A Map for Lost Lovers (see above, or below, or whatever) derived its fascinating style in part from Urdu poetry. This book offers us a glimpse into a world of poetry partly unfamiliar to us, although many of the poets are influenced by European models, particularly French surrealists, which appeal to their tradition. The metaphor is lush and the thought often seems to progress through metaphor. This poetry arose in a culture where man I took up this book because I’d read that the wonderful novel A Map for Lost Lovers (see above, or below, or whatever) derived its fascinating style in part from Urdu poetry. This book offers us a glimpse into a world of poetry partly unfamiliar to us, although many of the poets are influenced by European models, particularly French surrealists, which appeal to their tradition. The metaphor is lush and the thought often seems to progress through metaphor. This poetry arose in a culture where many issues, especially political issues, had to be glanced at only very obliquely. For instance it is interesting that the plight of women, so movingly portrayed in A Map for Lost Lovers, is freely discussed in a romantic way, and often appears to be a symbol of political oppression in general. In terms of prosody the book is a little mediocre, but that may be the translation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manal Ahmad

    Urdu shairee at its finest

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Mehwish Mughal

    A beautiful compilation of urdu poetry by famous poets.

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