Intikhab-e-Kalam: Bahadur Shah Zafar

ISBN 9780199401314
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This is a representative selection of Bahadur Shah Zafar's Urdu poetry. His poetry reflects not only his innate gloom and despair, which was a natural reflection of the then apparent sense of doom, but it also depicts the cultural, historical and political aspects of the society he was living in. Delhi, the great Mughal capital, had become a centre of cultural and literary activities and composing poetry was but natural for a person like Bahadur Shah Zafar who was immersed in this cultural environ. Being the king was no hindrance in the expression of his natural poetic and artistic talents. A keen sense of linguistic changes and standards, cultural nuances and innate poetic sensitivity make Zafar a remarkable poet. Of late, his works have been out of print, as well as selections of his poetry, although he is considered an important poet and at certain levels his poetry is included in curricula.