Faiz Ahmad Faiz

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Amina Yaqin (University of Exeter)

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 &l…

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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 29 January 2023.]

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