THE URDU SUFI POET KHWAJA HAIDAR ALI 'AATISH' Selected Poems Translation & Introduction Paul Smith AATISH (1777-1847). Khwaja Haidar Ali... pen-name Aatish ('fire') was born in Faizabad. His ancestors had been dervishes and religious men. Because of the death of his father during his childhood he did not have any regular instruction in a school. He had a profound, natural ability for creating poetry that eventually gave him access to the court of Nawab Mohammed Taqi Khan Taraqqi, who took him to Lucknow. At Lucknow he sought and was given instruction in writing poetry by Mushafi, then an important poet of the Lucknow school of poetry (a short biography and ghazal by him is included). Later he came under the influence of the controversial Nasik (1776-1838), another great Sufi poet of Lucknow (a short biography and ghazal by him is also included). A contented, self-¬respecting man Aatish led a simple life and never bowed to nobility to gain favours. This freedom of spirit and ascetic-like lack of concern for worldly comforts is reflected in his poetry. His words are simple and carefully chosen. Some critics rank him beside Mir and Ghalib. His ghazals are Sufi in flavour on the traditional themes of human and divine love. He went blind towards the end of his life. His Urdu Divan is composed of ghazals and ruba'is and a qasida. Here is the largest selection translated into English in the correct rhyme-form and meaning. Introduction: Life, Times & Poetry of Aatish; Sufism in Poetry, The Main Forms in Aatish's Poetry, Selected Bibliography. Large Format Paperback 7" x 10" 130 pages. Paul Smith (b.1945) is a poet, author and translator of many books of Sufi poets of Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish and other languages including Hafez, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu'in ud-din Chishti, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Hallaj, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Ghalib, 'Iraqi, Iqbal, Makhfi, Lalla Ded, Abu Nuwas, Ibn al-Farid, Rahman Baba, Nazir, Ghani Kashmiri, Mir, Seemab, Jigar, Huma, Dadu, Mahsati and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and a dozen screenplays. www.newhumanitybooks.com
The Urdu Sufi Poet Khwaja Haidar Ali 'Aatish': Selected Poems
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