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An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry : Texts and Translations - M. A. R. Habib

An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry

Texts and Translations

By: M. A. R. Habib (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9780873527972
Number Of Pages: 195

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Currently spoken by almost 250 million people in Pakistan and India and the second most widely spoken language in Briain, 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

ISBN: 9780873527972
ISBN-10: 0873527976
Series: Texts and Translations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 1st January 2003
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29

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