The Art of Writing

Working with Farsi, Bengali, and Urdu students

Classical Persian verse goes back nearly as far Classical Arabic verse and shares some of the elaborate forms. Persian verse is also shared by Farsi speakers of different kinds, from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I’ve included a poem by the great Persian poet Rumi here, but in translation by an American.

The Bengali poet Tagore is hugely important to anyone from Bangladesh – he’s a founding father – and I’ve included one of his lyrics here.