Author: Ish KumarPublisher: Panjab UniversityYear: 1982Language: multilingualPages: 178ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This book is a fresh interpretive study and a synthesized view of Ghalib’s creative personality, work, enlightened vision, thought, imagery, and consistency of his poetic composition, and the philosophy implicit in them. These things are discussed not only in length but also in depth, and not in piecemeal but as a whole.This volume has a definite end in view. It is mainly meant for those English-knowing readers, who have either had no occasion to know his mind or found him too difficult. It is not a mere study of Ghalib, it throws light on most of the concepts and conventions of Urdu poetry.It also deals with fundamental problems, like-The Nature of PoetryThe Function of PoetryArt for Art’s sake versus Art for Life’s sakePoetry and the restThe author, Professor Ish Kumar, is an eminent scholar. He represents his reaction to Ghalib’s poetry, his efforts to place him beside fellow-craftsmen in the art, both Urdu and English are worth-studying. The approach to Ghalib’s creative art which Professor Ish Kumar develops in this book is significantly different from that which one encounters in so many other volumes on the subject.
CHAPTERForewordIntroductionThe Biographical BackgroundThe MythThe ManThe Poet of SorrowThe Poet of Love-(1) The LoverThe Poet of Love- (2) The BelovedThe Poet of WineThe Literary CriticArt and ContributionAppendix AUrdu LettersAppendix BWorks (a) Urdu(b) PersianAppendix CUrdu and Persian Verses Quoted in the BookIndex