The Rebel’s Silhouette
Author: Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali (translator)
Publisher: OUP
Date: 1991
Pages: 101
Format: PDF
Size: 16.4 MB
Quality: Good
Language: Urdu, English

“Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-84) is widely regarded as the greatest Urdu poet after Iqbal. He began his writing career with the conventional themes of love and beauty, but these soon got submerged in the larger social and political issues of the day. The familiar imagery of a love-poet acquires new meanings in the hands of Faiz. The lover’s lament gets fused with the travails of the afflicted humanity. But even as he uses his poetry to champion the cause of socialistic humanism love remains its leitmotif: The revolution is the elusive lover for whom the poet pines.

In the matter of diction and style, Faiz may be said to inherit the tradition of Ghalib. Although he has written poems in a simple, conversational style, he has a marked preference for polished, Persianized diction, the diction of the elite rather than of the commoners. To him, originality had little to do with formal experimentation and was primarily a matter of profound understanding of human existence in its totality.”

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You who wear shirts
ripped at the collars:

It has come:
the great calm
with its harvest of silence:

all lips have been sewn,
perhaps some wounds also.

And rebels,
my friends:

fill your vases with water
for spring is here:

In this blossoming
of wounds,
some roses may also.

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