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Faiz Ahmed Faiz was a great Poet, writer, journalist and politician who helped to forge a revolutionary consciousness in the South Asian sub-continent



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Ahmed, Dr Aftab; Faiz in exile

The meeting Edward said has referred took place in Faiz’s second exile, which lasted from February 1978 to January 1982. Read more....

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Akhtar, Hameed; Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz (February 13, 1911-November 20, 1984) was a renowned Pakistani poet, and one of the most famous poets of the Urdu language. He was a member of the Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin-e-Hind (All India Progressive Writers' Movement) and an avowed Marxist. In 1962, he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union. Read more...

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Asrar, Asad; The life of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his contributions to Urdu language


Faiz Ahmed Faiz does not need an introduction. Urdu speaking masses knows him very well. He is remembered for his courage, ethics, and Urdu poetry. The truth is that the masses can never value people like him enough. However, the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz is immortal in the annals of history now due to his contributions to the Urdu language and the society in general. Read more...

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Faiz-Neruda: Great contemporary poets, friends and humanists  Bukhari, Huzaima & Haq, Dr. Ikramul;


Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1910-1984)—contemporary poets, friends and outstanding humanists—have left lasting impression on the world of literature. Read me...

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Genoways, Ted; “Let Them Snuff Out the Moon”Faiz’s prison poetry: a line blurred between beauty and suffering

At 8:30 A.M. on March 9, 1951, a group of policemen arrived at the house of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, editor of the liberal Pakistan Times and one of the nation’s most prominent poets. Faiz’s wife Alys woke to the sound of loud voices repeatedly calling her husband’s name. “I crossed the verandah, and looked down over the parapet into the garden below,” she wrote later. Read more...

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Hamadan Darwesh; Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Stephen Gill  - A Comparative  Study


The purpose of this comparative study   is not   to  lower  or excel one poet  over  the other because every  flower  has  its own uniqueness.  Considering this fact  and also that comparisons may not be easy and tasteful for everyone  this  evaluation  is directed   to dissect  similarities  and dissimilarities   for a  better understanding  and enjoyment  of  Faiz  Ahmed  Faiz  and  Stephen Gill. Read more…


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Hashmi, Dr. Ali Madeeh; Messiah of Crystals: on translating Faiz


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language, said: “Say what you will of its inadequacy, translation remains one of the most important, worthwhile concerns in the totality of world affairs”. The “inadequacy” that Goethe is referring to is especially apparent when it comes to translating poetry from one language to another. This is doubly true if the languages are as far removed in their origin, culture, and form as Urdu and English. Read more...

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Hashmi, Ali Madeeh; The life and poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistan’s unofficial poet laureate, was born almost exactly a hundred years ago, on 13 February 1911, in Sialkot, the hometown he shared with Pakistan’s national poet, ‘Allama’ Muhammad Iqbal. Faiz passed away in 1984, aged 73, in Lahore, the city he came to call home during the last years of his life. Read more...

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Husain, Shahrukh; The language of love

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of the most famous poets in Urdu language. Read more...

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Jalil, Rakhshanda; Revisiting Faiz


‘Politics and history are interwoven, but not commensurate,’ said Lord Acton (1834-1902) in his inaugural lecture as Regius Professor at Cambridge in 1895. Read more …


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Jilani, Asaf; Remembering Faiz Ahmed Faiz

I consider extremely lucky that I started my journalism career from Daily Imroz Karachi whose chief editor was Mr. Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Read more …

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Khair, Tabish; The ‘global’ poet

Faiz Ahmed Faiz is known as the unofficial poet laureate of Pakistan. But it is perhaps more accurate to see him not just in the context of the Indian subcontinent, but also that of larger events. Read more...

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Khalid, Adeeb; The Life and Work of Faiz Ahmed Faiz - Review Article

Devotees of Urdu literature have reason to celebrate one the greatest Urdu poets in the twentieth century has finally acquired a literary biography worth of his status. Read more...

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Progressive Writers Association (PWA); Faiz Ahmed Faiz Birth Centenary 1911-2011

Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the most prominent poets of the Indian sub-continent who won unparalleled global acclaim. Read more...

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Listening to Faiz is a subversive act; Yes, even today…  Raza, Gauher;

Being unfamiliar with the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and what it signifies can make one extremely welcome in the literary circles of North India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Read more...

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Sohail, Dr Khalid; When Faiz was imprisoned


When Faiz Ahmad Faiz, a recipient of Lenin Peace Prize, was imprisoned in Pakistan in 1951, he wrote a number of inspiring poems. Read more...

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Zafar Iqbal & Teresa Liddle; Faiz and Alys – An extraordinary love story


The process of discovering Alys was, in retrospect, rather like pulling at a loose end. The more we tugged, the more this rather amazing person emerged. It began with poetry – or more accurately, the love of poetry. Particularly that of Faiz Ahmed Faiz!  Read more...


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Compilation by Mohsin Zulfiqar