Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza Iraj Mirza

ISBN: 9780893049263

Published: June 20th 2014

Hardcover

236 pages


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Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza  by  Iraj Mirza

Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza by Iraj Mirza
June 20th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 236 pages | ISBN: 9780893049263 | 6.75 Mb

Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from the Persian by Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. Bilingual Edition. Love Me More Than the Others opens a window into the cultural diversity of late Qajar Iran. Iraj Mirzas poems transport readersMorePoetry.

Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from the Persian by Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. Bilingual Edition. Love Me More Than the Others opens a window into the cultural diversity of late Qajar Iran. Iraj Mirzas poems transport readers directly into the male homosocial world of upper-crust privileged government bureaucrats, at least some of whom, like Iraj Mirza himself, were intensely critical of mainstream cultural values.

A valuable bilingual [Persian-English] resource for students as well as enthusiasts of Persian literature and history. Iraj Mirza is sure to surprise you if you only associate Persian poetry with the exalted, mystical works of Hafez, Rumi, and Attar.

Iraj Mirzas Divan has been banned in Iran since the 1979 Revolution. The controversial subject matter of Irajs poems has caused them to be avoided at all costs, disparaged out of hand, dismissed as an insult to the nation--even by sophisticated, well-read Iranians. Make no mistake about it, Iraj Mirza is dangerous, especially to the current regime. Iraj Mirza is a trickster, a magician, a philanderer- hes a character out of Melvilles The Confidence Man.

However, unlike most magicians and perhaps most characteristic of his voice, Iraj enjoys explaining his own tricks, illusions, slight of hand, dodges, seductions, lies, and sweet-talking. Iraj will show you how he cupped the cards that you chose from the deck, or hell explain precisely how he managed to seduce his latest conquest. His writing is like a breath of fresh mountain air in the Qajar period. The uniqueness of Iraj derives from how he juxtaposes the traditional use of form, rhythm, and rhyme while surprising the reader with jarring colloquial language and unconventional subject matter.

He is an hilarious satirist, an engage secularist, a witness, a profligate manipulator, a tender sentimentalist, and a poignantly lyric poet. The key to Irajs success, as with Alexander Pope, is the urbanity of his wit, his self-deprecating humor, and sometimes the outlandishness of his arguments. Iraj composes some poems that are so controversial and challenging that they remain difficult for every kind of reader to accept--devout and secular, women and men, gay and straight. In fact, anyone who reads his poetry will feel confounded, disoriented, or uncomfortable somewhere in the Divan.

The religiously devout are offended because Iraj attacks the veil- he employs language that is considered obscene, mocks mullahs and sheiks, and praises drinking. In fact, his anti-clerical satires, as well as his other controversial subjects, put his life in danger because he was considered such a secular freethinker.



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