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,
died in 1941 aged
only 35. She was buried in the holy city of Qom.
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.