Short Course - Introduction to Urdu Poetry
Urdu literature harbours a rich tradition of poetry that is famed for its intensity of expression. As a result, it has become an oft-used medium across the subcontinent for the expression of universal emotions. Borrowing elements from both Arabic and Persian poetic forms, Urdu poetry is considered the fruit of Indo-Iranian/Islamic culture and, over time, has developed its own distinctive quality. In particular, the Urdu ghazal is widely-considered the pride of Urdu poetry.
Urdu poetry continues to be an important part of the Pakistani cultural landscape today and thrives through mushaireh (popular poetry recitals). Mushaireh are excellent platforms for Urdu poets to develop and cultivate their art form as well a wonderful opportunity for listeners to immerse themselves in the rhythmical and stirring performance of Urdu poetry.
Our short course aims to introduce students to a selection of works composed by distinguished classical and contemporary Urdu poets. The course will involve the close reading and interpretation of poetry texts by the likes of Iqbal, Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Kishwer Naheed, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Sahir Ludhianvi, Parveen Shakir, Habib Jalib, Fehmida Riaz, Hafeez Jallandhary, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Akhtar Shirani, Sufi Tabassum, Muneer Niazi, Nasir Kazmi and Noshi Gilani.
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