General Resources and Articles

This post lists a few general resources on the history of Urdu poetry, the Hindi-Urdu controversy, forms of poetry, technical terms etc. Rekhta - This is a one-stop-shop for a very large corpus of Urdu poetry. SR Faruqi - Early Urdu Literary Culture and History (more English writing by SRF here) Imre Bangha: Rekhta - … Continue reading General Resources and Articles

سرہانے میر کے Sirhaney Meer Ke – Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sb

Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sahab of Lahore is re-recording some of this earlier lectures on Mir Taqi Mir. These were delivered under the title سرہانے میر کے (sirhaaney Meer ke). I archive the videos here as they are published by his team. Introductory remarks and the first ghazal of Kulliyat-e-Mir: thā musta.ār husn se us ke … Continue reading سرہانے میر کے Sirhaney Meer Ke – Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sb

“The moon waxes big so that it might become your forehead”: Ghalib’s metaphor-inverting verses

The human mind works through metaphors and analogies. And no one understands this better than a poet. In the sub-continental Urdu-Persian poetic tradition, the metaphor was carried to great heights of sophistication during the classical period. The “Indian style” of Persian poetry (sabk-e-hindi)and its allied Urdu tradition became famous (some would say notorious) for their … Continue reading “The moon waxes big so that it might become your forehead”: Ghalib’s metaphor-inverting verses

Hybridity ain’t just postmodern: Amir Khusro’s Rekhta and Hinglish

The word Rekhta, meaning mixed, was used to refer to various types of poetry over the course of a thousand or so years that Persian mixed with various Indic tongues in India. In the age of the Delhi Sultans (before the Mughal Period) in the 12th-14th Centuries Persian came into its own in India to … Continue reading Hybridity ain’t just postmodern: Amir Khusro’s Rekhta and Hinglish