Tuesday, January 10

Poetry and Politics in Iran

"In 1965, after a trip through China and Japan, the Iranian modernist Sohrab Sepehri found his voice. It could be heard in a new poem he had written, called 'The Sound of Water’s Footsteps.' Sepehri puzzles over his identity as a writer, as a Muslim, as a widely travelled painter, and as a man from Kashan, where, in the seventh century, according to legend, Arab invaders intent on spreading Islam subdued the poet’s home town by throwing scorpions over the walls. Sepehri muses on the space race and 'the idea of smelling a flower on another planet,' and he writes in free verse, inspired by Nima Yushij, a kind of Ezra Pound figure in the history of modern Persian poetry, who was inspired by the poetic notions of French Symbolists. Reflecting on a country with centuries of bumpy foreign contact, he draws out figures of confusion and displacement. ..."
New Yorker
W - Ferdowsi
NPR - Abolqasem Ferdowsi: The Poet Who Rescued Iran (Video)
Life of Ferdowsi
Persian Language & Literature
YouTube: Iran, Ferdowsi The Great Iranian Poet. Shahnameh