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Mirza Ghalib is to Urdu poetry what William Shakespeare is to English plays. His poetry has universal appeal to the young and the old, across cultures and times due to his remarkable blend of romance and beauty, philosophy and mysticism expressed with a wonderful wordplay rarely seen in any literary work. This book is an attempt by the author to acknowledge Ghalib’s tremend Mirza Ghalib is to Urdu poetry what William Shakespeare is to English plays. His poetry has universal appeal to the young and the old, across cultures and times due to his remarkable blend of romance and beauty, philosophy and mysticism expressed with a wonderful wordplay rarely seen in any literary work. This book is an attempt by the author to acknowledge Ghalib’s tremendous contribution to literature and language. It has a selection of Ghazals and verses representing the range of Ghalib’s emotive expression from tragic love to beauty to wisdom. Some of the verses are haunting and can truly touch any heart. The approach in this book is different as the verses are interpreted (in English) rather than being literally translated to give the real depth of Ghalib’s verses while preserving the beauty of expression and highlighting the skillful wordplay. Ghalib’s central focus has been : Beloved, Passion, Fire and Wine. Therefore, the selection of verses is mainly based on these elements and the author’s own feelings, stirred and calmed by the vitality and meaning of the verses and the delightful wordplay. Consider the verse: Koi mere dil se poochhey tere teer-e-neemkash ko, Ye khalish kahaan se hoti jo jigar ke paar hota. The poet says somebody should ask my heart how it feels after being struck by your arrow (metaphor for glance of love) from a half-drawn bow (metaphor for raised eyebrows of the beloved). The pain is more pleasurable since the arrow is stuck inside me instead of having pierced through my body (i,e the love is intense and desirable since it has gripped my heart instead of taking away my life.) Consider another verse : Rau mein hai rakhsh-e umar kahaan dekhiye thamay, Na haath baag per hai, na paa hai rakaab mein. Life, like a horse, is moving forward rapidly. Let's see where it halts. Neither is the hand on the reins, nor is the foot in the stirrup (i.e we have no control on life and it can slip away anytime). As Robert Frost aptly said : A good poem begins with delight and ends with wisdom. This is indeed the hallmark of Ghalib’s poetry expressed in his own unique style of expression and wordplay : Kahte hain ki Ghaalib kaa hai andaaz-e-bayaan aur. (It is said that Ghalib's style of expression is different). [Readers may also want to read other KDP ebooks by the same author, 'Mauj-e-Ghazal' and 'Dew in the Desert' , which have a Ghazal-based approach to Ghalib poetry.]


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Mirza Ghalib is to Urdu poetry what William Shakespeare is to English plays. His poetry has universal appeal to the young and the old, across cultures and times due to his remarkable blend of romance and beauty, philosophy and mysticism expressed with a wonderful wordplay rarely seen in any literary work. This book is an attempt by the author to acknowledge Ghalib’s tremend Mirza Ghalib is to Urdu poetry what William Shakespeare is to English plays. His poetry has universal appeal to the young and the old, across cultures and times due to his remarkable blend of romance and beauty, philosophy and mysticism expressed with a wonderful wordplay rarely seen in any literary work. This book is an attempt by the author to acknowledge Ghalib’s tremendous contribution to literature and language. It has a selection of Ghazals and verses representing the range of Ghalib’s emotive expression from tragic love to beauty to wisdom. Some of the verses are haunting and can truly touch any heart. The approach in this book is different as the verses are interpreted (in English) rather than being literally translated to give the real depth of Ghalib’s verses while preserving the beauty of expression and highlighting the skillful wordplay. Ghalib’s central focus has been : Beloved, Passion, Fire and Wine. Therefore, the selection of verses is mainly based on these elements and the author’s own feelings, stirred and calmed by the vitality and meaning of the verses and the delightful wordplay. Consider the verse: Koi mere dil se poochhey tere teer-e-neemkash ko, Ye khalish kahaan se hoti jo jigar ke paar hota. The poet says somebody should ask my heart how it feels after being struck by your arrow (metaphor for glance of love) from a half-drawn bow (metaphor for raised eyebrows of the beloved). The pain is more pleasurable since the arrow is stuck inside me instead of having pierced through my body (i,e the love is intense and desirable since it has gripped my heart instead of taking away my life.) Consider another verse : Rau mein hai rakhsh-e umar kahaan dekhiye thamay, Na haath baag per hai, na paa hai rakaab mein. Life, like a horse, is moving forward rapidly. Let's see where it halts. Neither is the hand on the reins, nor is the foot in the stirrup (i.e we have no control on life and it can slip away anytime). As Robert Frost aptly said : A good poem begins with delight and ends with wisdom. This is indeed the hallmark of Ghalib’s poetry expressed in his own unique style of expression and wordplay : Kahte hain ki Ghaalib kaa hai andaaz-e-bayaan aur. (It is said that Ghalib's style of expression is different). [Readers may also want to read other KDP ebooks by the same author, 'Mauj-e-Ghazal' and 'Dew in the Desert' , which have a Ghazal-based approach to Ghalib poetry.]

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