URFI SHIRAZI Sufi Poet in the Court of Akbar SELECTED POEMS: (Large Print & Large Format Edition) (Large Print / Paperback)
URFI SHIRAZI Sufi Poet in the Court of Akbar SELECTED POEMS (Large Print & Large Format Edition) Translation & Introduction Paul Smith Urfi (1555-1591) lived in Shiraz until he was twenty-six and had become disfigured in the face from small-pox he had six years earlier. Embarrassed in front of friends and relatives he decided to go to India and arrived in the Deccan in 1582 and from there went to Agra where he met the Khan-i-Khanan (Rahim) and became one of his group of poets and was highly respected and well paid for his craft. He was invited to Emperor Akbar's court because of his exceptional talents, where he stayed until Akbar died and afterwards was in the court of Emperor Jahangir. His Divan was very popular during his lifetime and consisted of 14, ooo couplets, mostly ghazals (270), qasidas (26) and about 200 ruba'is and 500 qit'as. He also composed masnavis. Most of his poems are Sufi in content. He caught dysentery at the age of thirty-six and died. He also was influenced by Hafiz and Fighani (both from Shiraz) and composed in what became known as the 'Indian Style'. He is known mostly for his qasidas on Prophet Mohammed & others but preferred the ghazal. The correct rhyme structure has been achieved in all the different poetic forms in this largest translation of his poems into English... Introduction: The Life & Poetry & Times of Urfi; Sufis & Dervishes: Their Art & Use of Poetry; Forms of Poems in Persian in which Urfi wrote. Selected Bibliography. Large Print (18pt) & Large Format (8" x 10") Edition 161 pages. amazon.com/author/smithpa.