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Translations of Classic Urdu Poetry

Mir Taqi Mir

Translated by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

ISBN 9780674268753

Publication date: 02/15/2022

The finest ghazals of Mir Taqi Mir, the most accomplished of Urdu poets.

The prolific Mir Taqi Mir (1723–1810), widely regarded as the most accomplished poet in Urdu, composed his ghazals—a poetic form of rhyming couplets—in a distinctive Indian style arising from the Persian ghazal tradition. Here, the lover and beloved live in a world of extremes: the outsider is the hero, prosperity is poverty, and death would be preferable to the indifference of the beloved. Ghazals offers a comprehensive collection of Mir’s finest work, translated by a renowned expert on Urdu poetry.


  • Shamsur Rahman Faruqi was a foremost translator and scholar of Urdu literature as well as an acclaimed novelist and poet. He was the author of numerous books, including a four-volume study of Mir Taqi Mir.

Book Details

  • 224 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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