A Hidden Discourse

Zuzanna Qlszewska

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
A Hidden Discourse

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This chapter is concerned about the strength and comfort of poetry to Afghan women. Poetry enables the poet to express her innermost thoughts while hiding behind layers of convention and metaphor. Young Afghans are likely to remember the chilling legend of the first recorded female poet of the Persian language, Rabi'a of Balkh. Female poets of the Timurid era included Mehri, Mughul Khanum, Nahani, Afaq Jalahir, and Bibi Esmati. Mastourah of Kabul, Seyyedah Makhfi of Badakhshan, and Mahjoubah of Herat are the three women poets that stand out for their talent and prolific poetic output. Poets in Herat acknowledge that there has been a blossoming of women's poetry, with a large number of young women taking up the pen. Khaledah Forugh is one of Afghanistan's leading female poets. Mahboubah Ebrahimi is an award-winning poet, who recently published her first book.

Keywords: poetry; Afghan women; Mehri; Mughul Khanum; Nahani; Afaq Jalahir; Bibi Esmati; Mastourah; Seyyedah Makhfi; Mahboubah Ebrahimi

Chapter.  5059 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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