The Language of Death and Bare Life: Revisiting Forugh Farrokhzād’s Poetry

  • Masoud Farahmandfar Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran


Death is a timeless subject which has occupied the minds of human beings throughout their far-reaching history, and scholars and writers have dealt with this subject in their own ways. In contemporary Persian poetry, death has an imposing presence, a good many modernist poets have tried to tame this wild subject in their artistic work, especially the poets who were writing during the period from the 1953 Iranian coup to the very beginning of the 1970s, when a degree of social peace and prosperity began to shine on the whole nation. An influential poet who was active at the first half of this period was Forugh Farrokhzād (1934-1967), who believed that every human being discovers the secret of their individuality in the mirror of their death, and it is in the face of death that they mature.


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Author Biography

Masoud Farahmandfar, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran

Masoud Farahmandfar received his PhD in English literature from Shahid Beheshti University in 2017, and he is currently a faculty member at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran, Iran. His research interests include comparative literature, postcolonial studies, and orientalism. He has recently translated into Persian Alexander Lyon Macfie’s Orientalism and Cyrus Ghani’s Shakespeare, Persia, and the East. He has given talks and has published articles related to comparative literature and orientalism, and is currently working on an article concerning Edward W. Said’s view of comparative literature.

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