Parvin E´tesami (1907-1941) was the first major female poet of twentieth-century Iran. She revived


, the tradition of dialogical strife poetry, in twentieth century Persian literature. She was the daughter of Yusef E’tesami (1874-1938), a reformist translator and literary journalist. Throughout her work, Parvin borrowed freely from multiple sources, including classical Persian poetry, the fables of Aesop and La Fontaine, and her father’s translations. But the resulting work remained distinctly her own.

Life and Works

Life and Works

Parvin E´tesami was born in Tabriz on March 17, 1907. When she was six years old she moved to Tehran with her family after her father was elected as a member of the Majles, the Iranian Parliament. In 1921 Parvin went to Iran Bethel, the American

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Citation: Fomeshi, Behnam M.. "Parvin Etesami". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2018 [, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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