Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Amina Yaqin (University of Exeter)
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The pleasure of listening to Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poetry is bittersweet. His poems are emotionally charged, and his poetic voice articulates resistance. The consciousness of Partition and a permanent separation from an Indian Muslim self is part of his oeuvre. The lines “aur bhi dukh hain zamane men mohabbat ke siva / rahaten aur bhi hain vasl ki rahat ke siva” [There are other sorrows in life besides love, there are other pleasures beyond the union of lovers] from his iconic poem, “Mujh se pehli si mohabbat meri mahbub na mang” [Beloved, don’t ask me to love you as I did before], reflect the essence of his poetic aesthetic as a lyricist and a realist. From realist romance to resistance anthems such as “Bol ke lab azad hain tere” [Speak for your lips are free] and “Hum…

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Citation: Yaqin, Amina. "Faiz Ahmad Faiz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 September 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5617, accessed 25 May 2024.]

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