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.

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).

How to apply

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

29 July - 2 August 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

29 July - 2 August 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418