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Urdu Poetry: An Anthology upto 19th Century

Shah Abdus Salam (Translator)
Synopsis This book has been produced in pursuance of the idiomatically exact vocabulary translation of selected Urdu verses. It consists of selection of verses of 20 well known Urdu poets (from 16 century down to the middle of 19 century) representing the Deccan, Delhi and Lucknow School of Poetry. The selections have been made from Ghazals only excluding other forms of verses because Ghazal is the soul and essence of Urdu poetry. The Ghazals included in this volume are carefully selected and different levels of composition of a poet are adequately represented. Versified translation has been avoided, instead a verbal translation in prose form is given to ensure that the thoughts and visions of the poet are conveyed to the reader to the fullest possible extent. Brief footnotes on the socio-cultural background of the verses and the idiomatic uses of words and phrases are also provided wherever necessary. A brief bio-graphical note is also given in the beginning of each section which will help the reader in relating the poet to his social and literary environment. The book presents the couplets of Ghazals in Urdu script with its romanized pronunciation along with its English rendering and translation.
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About the author

Shah Abdus Salam

Shah Abdus Salam (b. 1947), holds a doctorate in Urdu from the University of Lucknow, and Master's degrees (Urdu, Arabic, and Arab Culture and Civilization) from the same university. He has also completed several courses of linguistics from the university of Minnesota. He has taught Urdu literature and Islamic studies at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. Dr. Shah is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic, Unviersity of Lucknow. While Urdu poetry has been his main field of specialisation, Persian and Hindi poetry have also been his favourite subjects since his college days. His publications include: a Reader of Calssical Urdu Poetry (3 Vol., Anthology, in collab. 1976, New York); Poison of Love, (D.K. Publications, Delhi, 1983); Dabistan-e-Aatish" (Urdu, 1977); KUlliayaat Shawq (Urdu 1978); Tarikh Shahiya Neshapuriyah (Transaltion from Persian, 1990); Islam Ka Itihaas (Hind, 3 Vols., 1992); Kulliat Sulaiman Shikoh (Urdu, 1982); Kalaam Nasiruddin Haider badshah (Urdu, Ed. 1983), and Tazkir Shaukate nadiri (Urdu, Transl. 1984).

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Bibliographic information

Title Urdu Poetry: An Anthology upto 19th Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176461903
length x+325p., Figures; 23cm.