Classical Poetry And Contemporary Social And Political Issues

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In contrary, modernists articulated the concept of poetic modernity primarily in terms of an oppositional political stance. They talked about the necessity of a literary change, or even revolution, in order to bring harmony between Persian poetry and contemporary social and political issues. They argued that they could not use the old vehicles for carrying the new concepts. In this regard, according to Karimi-Hakkak, “[T]he new poetry is said to differ from the old in that it no longer follows the rigid formal rules and generic divisions of the classical poetry or of the contemporary practice modeled on it,” (Recasting Persian Poetry 3). Breaking from the formal rules of poetry began in the dawn of the twentieth century by some of the poets such as Abolghasem Lahuti, Mohammad Taghi Bahar, and Iraj Mirza, with the manifest of the new poetry in Afsaneh (The Legend) by Nima Yushij (Talattof, The Politics of Writing 43-44).
Regarding prose, these formal rules were broken by the authors who, “. . . mercilessly attacked the rigid forms of traditional literary presentation and, in doing so, approached literature in a radically different way” (Talattof Politics of Writing 23). Like poetry, here was a hot debate over literary and socially appropriate forms, content, and even words and phrases for writing prose. Moreover, literary revolutionaries wanted to create a national voice which could be understood by ordinary people. Therefore, modern prose had to define its new duties in a…

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