Parvin E'tesami


The outstanding lady of Persian poetry, Parvin was born in 1906 in the city of Tabriz.

 In her short life, she managed to achieve great fame amongst Iranians. She was well respected in all circles of life, not just because of her brilliant and revolutionary works, but for her quite manners and the free spirit that she possessed.

Parvin started her poetry career at the young age of 9. She developed a style for expressing people’s pain by making comparisons to natural events. The political events in Iran had a great influence on her way of writing. One of her remarkable series, called Drunk but Aware (Mast va Hoshyar), won admirations from every one involved in romantic poetry. Parvin suffered from various illnesses, and died in 1941 aged only 35. She was buried in the holy city of Qom.


Parvin may be called the greatest Persian poetess writing in the classical style. Loneliness and seclusion from social activities - the lot of almost all Iranian women in her day - added to the sad experiences of a sensitive and tender soul and made her the most sincere voice of cruelty of the rulers and wealthy landlords. She knew of the corruption of the leading authorities in the judiciary and in the clergy. Her work, about 210 poems, reflects the reality of life in her day and offers moral solutions. The present selection includes the most appealing and fascinating of the poems. They are faithfully translated without imposing stylistic features of an alien literature on the structure of English language and thought.