Persian Poetry – Cheragh by Ahmad Shamlu / Shamloo
This week, Persian poetry page presents Ahmad Shamlu.
Maybe, one of the remarkable characteristics and strongest aspects in his writings is the epic rhythm of his works. However, his power in using the strongest and the most suitable words, and his ability in creating exceptionally wonderful atmosphere is exemplary. In this poem, he feels strong in confronting the absolute darkness. With one light in his hands, and one in front of him, he is challenging the darkness. All he has been crying for is getting rid of pain (of darkness). He has been asking for the sun during the most scaring nights, although disappointedly in his prayers. Then, he confesses that the beloved has come from the suns and dawns, from the mirrors and silks. He has been calling her even in the vacuum where there was no God, nor a warming fire either. At the end, he repeats, ” I will stand up, with one light in my hands and one in front of me, and I will shine my soul. Then I will put a mirror in front of you to make you everlasting.” Here, the rhythm of the words becomes so strong that you find yourself accompanying him in this challenge.
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