Eastern Poetry - Urdu, Panjabi and Persian Poetry in Translation

eastern poetry
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 22 July 2019
  • Course duration: Three days

This course will explore traditional themes of love, war and questioning of the self and society by studying the work of contemporary writers, as well as poems from history including works by an imprisoned Persian princess.

You’ll read, discuss and analyse poetry by a diversity of writers, and then write a small collection of poems for yourself or, if you’re feeling brave, to share with others.

The aim of this course is to introduce you to poetry in three languages.

Initially, the course will familiarise you with the sounds and rhythms.

You’ll begin with Urdu poetry, focusing on the poets Allama Iqbal, Parveen Shakir and Basir Kazmi, followed by a workshop in which you will write a ghazal in English - to get those creative juices going!

You’ll then move on to Panjabi poetry, studying work by Bulleh Shah and Baba Farid.

The Persian poets will then be focussed on, including Rumi, Hafiz, Zeb-un-Nissa and Parvin E’tesami.

Poets will be studied in chronological order, with a balance of male and female poets, both established and the less well known.

Input from all learners is valued, so if you speak any of the languages, don’t hesitate to bring poems in the original languages to read to the group.

You may already be writing and performing – if so, come along and inspire others!

What will you gain?

Time will be devoted to writing verses and by the end of the course you’ll have a small collection of poems with the inspiration to develop this further.

Hopefully, you'll also be confident in reading to a small audience and be able to perform in public at a poetry event in the future.

Tutor profile: Nabila Jameel is a published poet living in Birmingham.

She studied MA Creative Writing at MMU in Manchester in 2010 where she was tutored by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage.

Nabila is a keen linguist, with a passion for languages and poetry.

Her aim is to bring to the forefront and celebrate the beauty of poetry in under-represented languages.

She has had poems published by Bloodaxe, Poetry Review and The Scottish Poetry Library as well as articles by academic publishers.

She knows a little Italian and is currently learning Persian.

In the past she has appeared on BBC radio and she was recently on BRUM RADIO, reading and discussing her work and opening the discourse of poetry in under-represented languages.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • read the poems in transcription and translation
  • discuss your interpretations of the poems
  • learn what the poems are about and how they make you feel
  • explore some of the historical context
  • discuss their themes and relevance to today
  • explore the qualities of the poems, and how they use rhythm, rhyme and imagery
  • compare and contrast the different poets
  • have greater insight into the harsher more critical voice as opposed to the 'mystical/exotic' which is of great significance even today
  • complete writing exercises in each of the different forms
  • receive feedback on your work
  • perform to a larger group (voluntary).

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £225.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £225.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418