Poems from Iqbal Renderings in English Verse with Comparative Urdu Text

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  • Copyright: 2005-02-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Allama Muhammad Iqbal was acknowledged during his lifetime as the most important poet of Muslim India in the twentieth century, both for the quality of his verse and for the influence exercised by his ideas. Since his death in 1938, his fame has continued to grow and has reached the West through a number of English studies and translations. Most of the latter have been his philosophical poetry in Persian. This volume contains a rendering in English of over a hundred poems chosen from the four collections of Iqbal's poetry written in Urdu, which include religious, lyrical, satirical and other themes. the English versions are accompained by the original text.

Author Biography

Born near Manchester, V. G. Kiernan was a pupil of the Manchester Grammar School, and then of Trinity College, Cambridge. He then went on to undertake research work in modern diplomatic history, and won a College Fellowship. He was in India for eight years before the Partition, involved in radio broadcasting during the war, and in teaching at the Aitchison College in Lahore. During his time there he got to know Faiz Ahmed Faiz and other Urdu writers, and began his verse translations of Iqbal, who had died recently in Lahore, and of Faiz. In later years he was given a Personal Chair in Modern History at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a number of books and essays on Asian and European history, and on English Literature. Now retired, he lives in the Scottish Borders, with his wife, Heather.

Table of Contents

A withered rosep. 2
New moonp. 4
Man and naturep. 6
Virtue and vicep. 10
The moonp. 14
Morning starp. 16
A new altarp. 20
On the bank of the Ravip. 22
Beauty's essencep. 24
Moon and starsp. 26
One eveningp. 28
Solitudep. 30
Sicilyp. 32
Two planetsp. 36
On a flower-offeringp. 38
Before the prophet's thronep. 40
I and youp. 42
Khizar, the guidep. 44
Seventeen Ghazalsp. 60
Six Ruba'iyatp. 98
The mosque of Cordobap. 100
Lenin before Godp. 114
God's command to his angelsp. 118
Heaven and the priestp. 120
The earth is God'sp. 122
Counselp. 124
Poppy of the wildernessp. 126
To the Saqip. 128
Timep. 136
Gabriel and Satanp. 140
The prayer-callp. 144
Sestetp. 146
Lovep. 148
At Napoleon's tombp. 150
To the Punjab peasantp. 152
Nadir Shah of Afghanistanp. 154
The tartar's dreamp. 156
Cinemap. 158
To the Punjab pirsp. 160
Separationp. 162
Satan's petitionp. 164
The hawkp. 166
Disciples in revoltp. 168
Reason and lovep. 172
Jehadp. 174
Dazzled by Europep. 176
Islam in Indiap. 178
Fatep. 180
The way of Islamp. 182
Preaching of Islam in the westp. 184
Modern manp. 186
Eastern nationsp. 188
A studentp. 188
The schoolsp. 190
A questionp. 190
To my poemp. 192
Paris mosquep. 192
To the artistsp. 194
Dawn in the gardenp. 196
Persian poetryp. 198
India's artistsp. 200
Dancingp. 200
The voice of Karl Marxp. 202
Revolutionp. 202
Flatteryp. 204
Government jobsp. 204
Europe and the Jewsp. 206
Slave mentalityp. 206
Bolshevik Russiap. 208
Today and tomorrowp. 208
The eastp. 208
European politicsp. 210
To the Egyptiansp. 210
Abyssiniap. 212
Satan to his political offspringp. 214
An eastern League of Nationsp. 216
Everlasting monarchyp. 216
Europe and Syriap. 216
Mussolinip. 218
Reproachp. 220
Civilization's clutchesp. 220
League of Nationsp. 222
Syria and Palestinep. 222
Political leadersp. 222
Slaves' prayersp. 224
East and westp. 226
Psychology of powerp. 226
Satan's parliamentp. 230
An old Baluchi to his sonp. 246
From death to resurrectionp. 248
A deposed monarchp. 254
Litany of the damnedp. 254
Three Ruba'iyatp. 256
Fragments from Kashmirp. 258
Song of the starsp. 266
God and manp. 270
Solitudep. 272
Houri and poetp. 276
Life and strifep. 278
Slaveryp. 278
Quatrainp. 280
Epiloguep. 280
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