Sohrab Sepehri (Kashan)

Sohrab Sepehri (Kashan)

Sohrab Sepehri is considered as one of the unique contemporary poets, whose poems can be studied as modern poetry. He was from Kashan and ascendant of Lesan-ol-Molk, scholar and historian during Qajar dynasty. He was born in 1307 SH in Kashan, but he spent most of his life in Tehran. He was graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. As a poet and talented painter, he developed his own style in both. Japanese style influenced his painting and in poetry, he is inspired by Buddhist mysticism.

Simultaneously with the proclamation of the constitution, there were many changings in literature, especially in poetry that creates a literary revolution. Following European, the Iranian poets, such as Abolqasem Lahouti, Sems Kesmai, Jafar Khamenei, Taqi Rafat, wrote the poems, in which there was no sign of equalization of hemistich and syllables or fixed position of rhyme. These changes reached its highest level by Nimā Yushij, and then Ahmad Shamlu, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, Sohrab Sepehri, and Forough Farrokhzad continued his way as the followers. Sepehri’s poetry is rhythmic and pleasant and he expressed his feeling through myths and symbols.

Some of his writings are The Death of Colour, The Life of Dreams, Downpour of Sunshine, East of Sorrow, the long poem sound of water step and The Wayfarer, The Green Space, Us nil us a look, and Book of Blue Room. Opening one of his books to read, you forget all other things. Step by step, you release yourself into the magic of Sepehri's words in his poetry; and neither deafening noises of street can pass through the barriers that the poet created for his reader by his poems, nor the scream of life or thunderous howls of flying monsters, and also not the song of the hopes and aspirations of those who embrace death in the fight against evil and blackness can disturb the reader's peace.

He wrote: “Nights and days passed by\ I remained here\ putting an end to working\ not only I do not have any regrets of nice hopes\ but also the dreams of missing disturb me…”

Profiting the aesthetic achievements from west and east, he presented these influences in his pieces of art. In the last years of his working period, he achieved a technique of texturing which is unattainable for many artists even nowadays.

Finally, blood cancer defeated Sepehri and he died in 1359 SH. He was buried in the sahn (courtyard) of Sultan Ali Shrine in Mashhad Ardehal.

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