Modern Poetry of Pakistan

Modern Poetry of Pakistan

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Overview

The first anthology of its kind to appear in English, "Modern Poetry of Pakistan" brings together not one but many poetic traditions indigenous to Pakistan, with 142 poems translated from seven major languages, six of them regional (Baluchi, Kashmiri, Panjabi, Pashto, Seraiki, and Sindhi) and one national (Urdu). Collecting the work of forty-two poets and fifteen translators, this book reveals a society riven by ethnic, class, and political differences--but also a beautiful and truly national literature, with work both classical and modern, belonging to the same culture and sharing many of the same concerns and perceptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564786050
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Pakistani Literature Series
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Iftikhar Arif is an Urdu poet and scholar. He is currently the Chairman of Pakistan's National Language Authority and has received the Presidential Pride of Performance award. His poetry has been translated into several languages, including English in the collection Written in a Season of Fear.

Iftikhar Arif is an Urdu poet and scholar. He is currently the Chairman of Pakistan's National Language Authority and has received the Presidential Pride of Performance award. His poetry has been translated into several languages, including English in the collection Written in a Season of Fear.

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Modern Poetry of Pakistan 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
N_Barrington More than 1 year ago
Modern Poetry of Pakistan? The title of Arif and Khwaja's book of translations is bigger than its contents. They should be given credit for covering several Pakistani languages with the help of so many translators and getting government support. But some major modern poets and languages are not there. So much that is important is left out. How are we to fill out the gaps except by using other collections of translated work and collections of original English work by Pakistanian poets/writers? Among a few books that I have found useful are M. A. R. Habib's An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry (MLA, 2003), Alamgir Hashmi's Pakistani Literature: The Contemporary English Writers (WUS, 1978, 1987) and Your Essence, Martyr: Pakistani Elegies (translations) (Plainview Imprint, 2011), and Muneeza Samsie's A Dragonfly in the Sun (Oxford, 1997). These books will indicate the field of "Modern Poetry of Pakistan". I guess more, not less, than this will be needed for good coverage. Arif and Khwaja have made a positive contribution in some respects and also added to the problem of not grasping their subject.