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Modern Poetry of Pakistan

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Modern Poetry of Pakistan brings together not one but many poetic traditions indigenous to Pakistan, with 142 poems translated from seven major languages, six of them regional (Baluchi, Kashmiri, Panjabi, Pashto, Seraiki, and Sindhi) and one national (Urdu). Collecting the work of forty-two poets and fifteen translators, this book reveals a society riven by ethnic, class, ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press
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This is a great collection of poetry. I love the fact the editors address translation issues in poetry in the beginning. There are a great many love poems and political poems and what's terrific is that the images are new and there's no feeling of having read any of this before, of familiarity in the words, though the feelings between humans are shared.
I suppose this book is great for people who do not speak Urdu and would like an insight into the culture. But the beautiful poetry itself loses its magic upon translating it into English. Which I suppose is the case with most translations.
Fzyr Esh
most of the translations are dull, literal and idiomatic, but on the whole, the book isn't bad. It offers a refreshing glimpse into the variety of poetic themes, and literary genres in Pakistan's contemporary literature.
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