The Taste of Words : An Introduction to Urdu Poetry

The Taste of Words : An Introduction to Urdu Poetry

Raza Mir Gulzar / Sep 20, 2019

The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry edited and translated by Raza Mir is a collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of Urdu poetry Summary of the BookIf you are one of those who

  • Title: The Taste of Words : An Introduction to Urdu Poetry
  • Author: Raza Mir Gulzar
  • ISBN: 9780143421184
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry, edited and translated by Raza Mir, is a collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of Urdu poetry.Summary of the BookIf you are one of those who always get delighted by the spoken rhythm of an Urdu couplet and desired to completely comprehend and appreciate its nuances, if you ever wanted to connect with a ghazal morThe Taste of Words An Introduction to Urdu Poetry, edited and translated by Raza Mir, is a collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of Urdu poetry.Summary of the BookIf you are one of those who always get delighted by the spoken rhythm of an Urdu couplet and desired to completely comprehend and appreciate its nuances, if you ever wanted to connect with a ghazal profoundly but were unsettled by its puzzling treaties, if you are confused between a rubaai and a qataa, or a musaddas and a marsiya, here is a book for you The Taste of Words provides a fresh, peculiar and reachable entry point for beginners looking for enhancing their knowledge of this beautiful language The vibrant collection of poetry includes poems written by legends like Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib to the poems penned by contemporary game changers like Gulzar and Javed Akhtar Raza Mir s translation not only draws out the passion and pathos from these ageless verses, but also offers sharp perceptions and interesting trivia.About Raza MirRaza Mir is the co author of Anthems of Resistance A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry His translated works from Urdu to English, based on his expertise and proficiency over both the languages, have been widely commended.

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    1. In his foreword to Raza Mir’s The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry, Gulzar writes:Ajab hai yeh zubaan UrduKabhi yoonhi safar karteAgar koi musaafir sher padh de Mir, Ghalib kaWoh chaahe ajnabi hoYahi lagta hai woh mere vatan ka haiTelling proof of the beauty of this language: its ability—and, in particular, the ability of its best poetry—to evoke a sense of belonging, to create instant friendships. It is this language, and especially its poetry, that Mir introduces so effecti [...]


    2. The book starts with the lines Urdu is a nation unto itself. Wherever it travels, it creates its own world. It was born in India but does not belong to India alone. It is the official language of Pakistan but does not belong to Pakistan alone. When it reached Oslo (Norway), it settled there. It went to Great Britain and created its own home. It reached Canada, and a community emerged. It reached the United States and became a native tongue. The truth is that instead of ‘embraced’ if we could [...]


    3. A book that claims to be an "Introduction to Urdu Poetry" should at least have meanings of Urdu words given alongside each piece. In addition, one has to turn the page repeatedly to read the English translation, which is annoying. The collection though, is quite good.




    4. ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़बाँ का - What is this love of Urduमज़ा घुलता है लफ़्ज़ों का ज़बाँ पर - That the taste of words dissolves on the tongueThis book is a very good introduction to the Urdu poetry for people (like me) who never got the chance to learn it formally. Raza Mir has chosen 2-3 ghazals per Shayar from some 50 Shayars with their rhythmical translation. (I, for one, was looking fo [...]


    5. Has a very informative and engaging introduction about the evolution of the north Indian languages. Some snippets of history and biographies of poets thrown in as well. Though a couple of names could be missing, however, this is a good starting point for all newbies. And although would have been very useful to have a glossary of words at the end, still it serves its purpose of spurning interest in the reader. Enjoyable read if done slowly.Rekhta/Hindavi/Hindustani/Hindi/Urdu, whatever you call i [...]


    6. Its a good book especially for readers who are just getting introduced to Urdu. Its a handy catalogue of prominent Urdu Poets and their chosen couplets. It can be read in any mood from any page :) the following lines are again just picked up from the page which openedChal saath, ke hasrat dil-e-mahroom se nikle,Aashiq ka janaaza hai, zara dhoom se nikle.Walk along with that heartbroken procession awhileIts the funeral of a lover, bury him in style.


    7. while it lies somewhere in the back end of my bookshelves I end up discovering it time and again when I am looking up a new poem translation .I think the book by refusing to print the Urdu script looses a certain charm and romance also undone by bad production values


    8. Umr-e-daraaz maang ke laaye thhe chaar din,Do aarzoo mein kat gaye, do intizaar mein. -- Seemab Akabarabadi.The book fulfils its purpose i.e. to provide an introduction to the Urdu Poetry. However, the translations, I believe, could have been much better as in multiple cases one can vaguely comprehend the depth and the beauty of the ghazals but the translations fail to bring that to the surface. The author fails to do justice to both the poet and the delicate subject-matter at hand. Also, some s [...]


    9. A must read for anyone who loves poetry. A beautiful sample of urdu poems across the centuries that will only tempt you to wade further and possibly drown into the ocean of poetry.


    10. My father bought this book last year and I took it along as a light read on a recent trip. And boy, was I glad I did!I must start though, by sating that if you're into Urdu shayari deeply, this book does not have much to offer you. You would already know the life and times of most Urdu poets and would be well versed in their celebrated works. At most, you might come across a few, lesser known poets and maybe enjoy their works.As an introduction to Urdu poetry however, this book is invaluable. It [...]


    11. So this was really a good first glance for someone who hasn't encountered Urdu poetry before. It has an introduction that explains the context, and then mini-bios of each poet as they appear in chronological sequence throughout the book.It really makes me thirsty for more, as well as supply me with sources to find it. The only thing preventing me from giving five stars is that I would have liked it to also have been printed in Urdu script, parallel with the Roman transcript and English translati [...]


    12. A very well written primer to Urdu Poetry. I only had a problem with its formatting. Looking up the meaning of each line could sometimes make me turn 3 pages and tally the para I was on. Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gave me a decent introduction to what I can explore a lot more.


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