An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry: In English Translation, with Urdu Text

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"The next time I teach a course in the translated modern literature of the subcontinent, Habib's volume will be on the required reading list. I consider his the best collection of Urdu poetry in English translation, period." --K.E. Bryant, University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873527972
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Language: Urdu
  • Series: Texts and Translations, #12
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

M. A. R. Habib, associate professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden, is author of The Dissident Voice: Poems of N.M. Rashed in English Translation and The Early T.S. Eliot and Western Philosophy. He is currently completing a book on the history of literary criticism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Principles of Translation
Primary Texts
Verses 5
Do Not Ask, My Love, for the Love We Had Before 5
Loneliness 7
A Few Days More, My Love! 9
The Theme of Poetry 11
Wait, O Restless Heart! 15
Fragment 17
The Season of Fetters and Gallows 17
A Prison Evening 19
Window 23
Come, Africa! 25
Journey 27
Existence 29
Lines 31
Be near Me 31
Revenge 37
City of Dreams 39
Near the Window 41
Desolate Sheba 45
Mirror, Void of Sense and Knowledge 49
Gazelle of Night 51
Hassan the Potter 55
Life an Old Hag 65
Desire Is a Nun 67
That Lonesome Word (That Desires to Unite with Meaning) 71
Far and Near 77
Bank of the River 79
Strange Waves of Pleasure 85
Evolution 89
Conclusion 91
Poem 95
Call of the Sea 97
Concord 101
I Remember Home 105
Vow of Faith 111
My Friend Abul Haul 113
A Boy 117
Individual 125
In the Nights 127
An Onlooker's Confusion 133
Shadows 133
How I Passed a Beautiful Life 135
Haji-Bhai, Pani-Wallah 139
Womb Palace 147
Virgin 153
Come, Bring Your Hand Here 155
To Auden 159
Until When 163
Tongue of Stone 165
Remorse 167
Sura Ya Sin 169
Insight 175
Reflection Appearing 177
Eyes between Fire and Snow 181
The First Need of Third-Class People 183
Declining Exploitation 185
Two Pages from the Diary of Nelson Mandela 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    amazing!

    best bilingual Urdu anthology I've seen yet. Well transliterated with clear Urdu text. Nice selection of modern greats. Too often non-Western literature and poetry get looked over- it's about time MLA realized the market for these types of books. Can't wait to see more.

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