Intikhab-e-Kalam: Akhtar Shirani

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Intikhab-e-Kalam: Akhtar Shirani

Compiled by Muhammad Reza Kazimi

This is a short and accessible selection of the poems of Akhtar Shirani, known from the 1930s as the Romantic Poet of Urdu. His poems broke new ground in Urdu and brought in the simplicity and sincerity associated with ancient Arabic poetry, which depicts love and the desert milieu familiar to our poet through his life in Rajasthan. All his contemporaries have been unstinting in their praise of Akhtar Shiranis contribution which has influenced three generations of Urdu poets.

Author Description
Dr Muhammad Reza Kazimi has an MA and PhD from the University of Karachi. He is a critic of Urdu literature and has taught for more than thirty years in different colleges, and at the University of Karachi, the Aga Khan University, and M.A. Jinnah University in Karachi. His latest Urdu book Tehzeeb o Takhleeq has been published by Karachi University. His latest English book is A Concise History of Pakistan (OUP 2009). His other publications are Mutale'a-e-Pakistan (OUP, 2006); Pakistan Studies (OUP, 2007); Liaquat Ali Khan: His Life and Work (OUP, 2015); Intikhab-e-Kalam: Ghalib (OUP, 2009); Intikhab-e-Kalam: Sahir Ludhianvi (OUP, 2013).

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