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Rococo and Other Worlds
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Afzal Ahmed Syed holds a unique place among contemporary poets of the Urdu language, as an acknowledged master of both the classical and modern Urdu poetic forms. The poems in Rococo and Other Worlds explore the mythology and historical realities of South Asia and the Middle East; their bold imagery creates narratives of voluptuous perfection, which remain inseparable from the political realities that Syed witnessed as a young observer of the violent separation of East Pakistan and emergence of Bangladesh in 1971 and of the Lebanese civil war in 1976. Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s sensitive translations bring this extraordinary work to English readers for the first time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. from Rococo and Other Worlds—2000
  2. p. 1
  1. Rococo and Other Worlds
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Viewers’ Choice
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. A Difficult Question
  2. p. 7
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  1. A Corroded Pin
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. The Spirit of the Lord
  2. p. 10
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  1. The Inaugural Plaque Is Stolen
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  1. Spring Shall Return to the City
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  1. It Could Never Be
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  1. The Campaign to Introduce an Ice-Cream
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  1. A Girl
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  1. On a Political Party Being Allotted the Horse as Its Election Symbol
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  1. Britannicus
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  1. Astronomy and the Poet
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  1. A Beginning with Great Names
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. A Dog’s Death
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  1. Tell Me a Story
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Soldiers Seize Virgil’s Lands
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  1. The Ultimate Profession
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  1. from Death Sentence in Two Languages—1990
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  1. If My Voice Is Not Reaching You
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  1. The Last Date of Existence
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  1. You Live in Lovely Orbs
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Poem
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Zarmeena
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. The Genres of Poetry
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. To Live Is a Mechanistic Torture
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. I Was Taken with an Indigo Flower
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  1. Whom One Loves
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. The Last Contention
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  1. Has Love Been Mislaid
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  1. Had We Not Sung the Song
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  1. Poem
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  1. Love
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. A Parable
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. Near Lavania
  2. p. 54
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  1. Those Who Own the Filly
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. A Couplet by Poet-Laureate Nubar Isbarian
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  1. Step into My Parlor
  2. p. 58
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  1. Poem
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. I Was Not Born to This Destiny
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  1. from An Arrogated Past—1984
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  1. I Invented Poetry
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. The Clay-mine
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. I Was Not Given Life in Such Plenitude
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. If Someone Would Remember Me
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  1. What the Sea Said to You
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. If They Could Learn
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. To Live Another Day
  2. p. 83
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  1. If I Do Not Return
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. The Slaughter of Snow-Birds
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Inclination
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. The Heart of a Poet
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. The Dirge of a Rabid Dog
  2. pp. 94-95
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