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The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry

 
Raza Mir (Editor) Raza Mir (Translator) Gulzar (Foroward)
Synopsis

Have you ever been enchanted by the spoken cadence of an Urdu couplet but wished you could fully understand its nuances? Have you wanted to engage with a ghazal more deeply but were daunted by its mystifying conventions? Are you confused between a qataa and a rubaai, or a musadda and a marsiya?

In Urdu Poetry, Raza Mir offers a fresh, quirky and accessible entry point for neophytes seeking to enhance their enjoyment of this vibrant canon-from the poems of legends like Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib to the lyrics of contemporary game changers like Javed Akhtar and Gulzar. Raza Mir’s translation not only draws out the zest and pathos of these timeless verses, but also provides pithy insights and colourful trivia that will enable readers to fully embrace this world.

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About the authors

Raza Mir

Raza Mir grew up in Hyderabad on a steady diet of progressive Urdu poetry. He divides his time between India and the US and earn his living as University Professor.

Raza Mir

Raza Mir grew up in Hyderabad on a steady diet of progressive Urdu poetry. He divides his time between India and the US and earn his living as University Professor.

Gulzar

Gulzar is one of Indian cinemaâs most sensitive and creative directors; a lyricist par excellence; one whose work never fails to surprise, bring a tear to the eye or a smile on the lips; a humble man with humble beginnings who is unafraid of experimenting. A career that began more than three decades ago comprises a rich repertoire of not just films, but also authoring several anthologies of short stories, including Raavi Paar and Other Stories. One of the two immensely popular television serials that he has directed has been on the life of Mirza Ghalib, who commands Gulzarâs heartstrings, and the most recent one is based on the works of one of Indian literatureâs greats, Munshi Premchand. Winner of the Sahitya Akademi award, Gulzarâs interest in literature is more than just a passing fancy. He writes poetry, short stories, all his works have been translated into English, and he is the creator of the three-line poem, called Triveni. Writing for Gulzar, is his first love, his passion, his junoon, his life breath!

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Bibliographic information

Title The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry
Format Softcover
Date published: 27.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143421184
length xv+293p., 23cm.