A question about Urdu poetry

Frances Pritchett fp7 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Sat Apr 18 13:23:01 UTC 1998

Urdu poetics is an area in which I have done a fair amount of work-- cf
*Nets of Awareness:  Urdu Poetry and Its Critics* (U Cal 1994)-- and am
currently doing more.  If you read Urdu, the work of Shamsur Rahman
Faruqi, and above all his four-volume tour de force *Shi`r-e shor angez*
(New Delhi:  Bureau for the Promotion of Urdu, 1990-94), an intikhab and
sharh of the poetry of Mir, would be the best single source I know.

Fran Pritchett

On Fri, 17 Apr 1998, S Krishna wrote:

> Dear List Members,
> I would like to know if Urdu poetry has the equivalents of the various
> "alamkAra" in samskrt and samskrt derived languages i.e yamaka,
> prAsa, atizayokti etc. I know there are verses in urdu that clearly
> are examples of the alamkaras given in the previous line but am not sure
> if they technically are classified as such in Urdu.
>   In case the classifications exist, I would like to know as to where
> Urdu has adopted the classification from i.e. is it from the samskrtic
> source or is it from farsi.(I'm assuming that farsi has some such
> classification that would parallel the samskrt alamkAra).
>  Any pointers, hints will be deeply appreciated.
> Regards,
> Krishna
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