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Salman Kureishi on Faiz

Persistence of Memory –Culture and Partition in the Poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

In Blackout, Faiz mixes images of Muslim and Hindu sacred origins as a symbolic defiance of the Partition. In the lyrical and romantic poem Ya’d’ (Memory or Remembrance), the pain of separation from the beloved (Jan) and exile (fira’q & hijr) also represent a yearning for the pre-Partition problematic, undivided self. In these lyrical poems, Faiz constantly raises questions of ‘home’ and ‘exile’, that defy the space of separation of the two nation-states.

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Hassan Shah - Yaad

Yaad – Inspiration from Faiz and Others

“After having recently read Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem, titled Yaad, which is said to have been written during his time in exile, I began to reflect on all that I am now separated from, myself. “

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