About the Members Round 11: SAM

Discussion in 'About the Members' started by Challenger78, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

    It looks a little sticky.
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  3. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    You've already asked, once before

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    Mirza Assadullah Khan "Ghalib" (Ghalib being his takhallus or nom de plume) is one of the best philosopher poets of all time. He wrote mainly in Urdu, but also in Persian and his poetry is difficult, unique and tantalising, because every time you read it, you realise there is yet another way to interpret his words.

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    Thats the first shair in his Diwan-e-Ghalib, or anthology.

    It is written in his typical dual style and could be a ghazal on the listlessness of God or his tormented love.
    I fear my translations may not do him justice.

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    As a ghazal usually is, it a series of couplets (ashar) around a theme.

    naqsh fariyaadii hai kis kii shoKhii-e-tahariir kaa
    kaaGazii hai pairahan har paikar-e-tasviir kaa

    Against whose playful writing do the words plead
    Papery is the countenance of every image

    kaave-kaave saKht_jaanii haaye tanhaaii na puuchh
    subah karanaa shaam kaa laanaa hai juu-e-shiir kaa

    Ask not of my tolerance to the incessant solitude
    Turning night into day is like unearthing a canal of milk
    (referring to the tale of Shirin-Farhad)

    jazbaa-e-be_iKhtiyaar-e-shauq dekhaa chaahiye
    siinaa-e-shamshiir se baahar hai dam shamshiir kaa

    You must see how uncontrollable is my desire
    That causes my sword to unfurl from its sheath

    aagahii daam-e-shuniidan jis qadar chaahe bichhaaye
    muddaa anqaa hai apane aalam-e-taqariir kaa

    No matter how widespread is the net of awareness
    Mythical is the meaning of my style of expression

    bas ke huu.N 'Ghalib' asiirii me.n bhii aatish zar-e-pa
    muu-e-aatish_diidaa hai halqaa merii za.njiir kaa

    Even bound, my feet are on fire, Ghalib
    For the chains that bind me are but curls of singed hair.
    Not yet, any suggestions?
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2008
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  5. Zakariya04 and it was Valued Senior Member

    hey samidy sam

    i cant believ you like To the Manor Born, my mum and grandma like that show, it is aactualy quite funny but i havent seen it for ages!!!
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  7. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

    Do you have children? If so what would you want to teach them (besides the usual and customary stuff)? What wisdom would you wish to impart upon them?

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