An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry: In English Translation, with Urdu Text (Texts and Translations) (Urdu Edition)

Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Britain, 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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By Dirk (Berkeley, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · September 18, 2008
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... ...more
By Mehwish (Auckland, E7, New Zealand) · ★★★★☆ · July 20, 2014
A beautiful compilation of urdu poetry by famous poets. ...more