• From Nima Yushij to Sohrab Sepehri

    Author(s):
    Behnam M. Fomeshi (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Poetics and Poetry
    Subject(s):
    Iran, Persian poetry, Persian literature, Literature, Modern, Poetry, Sipihrī, Suhrāb, Yūshīj, Nīmā, Poetry, Modern, Modernism (Literature), Īrānī, Hūshang
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Iran, persian, Iranian Modernism, persian, Persianate literature, persian poetry, Modern Persian Poetry
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/t283-5n09
    Abstract:
    In the first half of the 20th century, Nima developed an early form of modern Persian poetry with unequal lengths of lines and a different notion of rhyme. Nima developed a poetic form that was not symmetrical in its shape and music and was (partially) free from restrictions of rhyme and meter. At the same time Nima was theorizing a modern “politically-engaged” Persian poetry, Hushang Irani (1925–1973) deviated from Nima’s poetic modernism through developing a modern apolitical surrealistic Persian poetry. Irani’s poetry possessed (nonreligious) mysticism along with synesthesia and personification, leading to a particular kind of surrealism. Inheriting an unprecedented combination of characteristics from two pioneers of modern Persian poetry, Sohrab Sepehri’s contribution to Persian poetry is apolitical poetry in a modified Nimaic metrics whose mysticism goes beyond Sufism.
    Notes:
    At the same time Nima was theorizing a modern “politically-engaged” Persian poetry, Hushang Irani (1925–1973) deviated from Nima’s poetic modernism through developing a modern apolitical surrealistic Persian poetry. Inheriting an unprecedented combination of characteristics from two pioneers of modern Persian poetry, Sohrab Sepehri’s contribution to Persian poetry is apolitical poetry in a modified Nimaic metrics whose mysticism goes beyond Sufism.
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