Ghazals of Ghalib: Versions from the Urdu by Aijaz, Ahmed, W.S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, William…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorAijaz Ahmad

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This imaginative approach to the work of the Urdu poet Ghalib (1797-1869) presents highly original renderings, made by seven well-known American poets, of Ghalib's ghazals. The ghazals (poems consisting of at least five unrelated couplets) show a time when old values were breaking down withno new ones to take their place.Aijaz Ahmad began by selecting thirty-seven of the ghazals for literal translation. These versions were then given to the American poets who made poetic interpretations of those ghazals which interested them. The resulting variety of interpretation is remarkable, and indicates the evocativeness ofGhalib's poetry.The complete volume, which offers a fascinating insight into poetic creation as well as the work of this unfamiliar poet, consists of Aijaz Ahmad's introduction to Ghalib poetry, the ghazals in Urdu, the literal versions, with explanatory notes and the poems written by the American poets in responseto the ghazals.

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This imaginative approach to the work of the Urdu poet Ghalib (1797-1869) presents highly original renderings, made by seven well-known American poets, of Ghalib's ghazals. The ghazals (poems consisting of at least five unrelated couplets) show a time when old values were breaking down withno new ones to take their place.Aijaz Ahmad b...

Aijaz Ahmad is at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195635671

ISBN - 13:9780195635676

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