Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911?1984) is widely acclaimed as one of the leading Urdu poets of the modern age. He was born in Sialkot, Punjab, and had a varied career as teacher, army officer, journalist, political leader, trade unionist, and broadcaster. His published works include numerous volumes of poetry, as well as his collected works published posthumously. His poems reached a wide audience through the radio and television, and almost every popular singer has sung his ghazals. The poems have been translated into several languages including English, and he has admirers and followers all over the world. Imprisoned more than once by the Pakistani government for his political stance, he spent a period of exile with the Palestinians in Beirut. He received many literary awards, notably the Lenin Peace Prize.
This book attempts to determine the nature and meaning of the term ‘progressivism’ and assess its significance in the larger context of Urdu literature and, ultimately, South Asian literature. It investigates the emergence of the Progressive Movement in the subcontinent along with the indigenous and foreign influences: literary, historical, intellectual, and philosophical which set the stage for the Progressive Movement. Contrary to the belief held by some critics that the progressive movement was mostly if not
entirely, derived from English and Russian sources and influences, this study indicates that strong indigenous elements contributed equally, if not more, to the movement.
Author: CARLO COPPOLA
ISBN: 9780199403493 ISBN: 9780199403493 Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: The Progressive Episode Author: CARLO COPPOLA