Tuesday, June 19, 2012

News at Eleven: If one is at a loss to appreciate the literary merit

in this or the majority of the poems, it might not be because of unfamiliarity with Pashto, which according to the editors is the exclusive language of the Taliban's poetic expression. One can try hard to imagine what the original Pashto lines may have looked like but after experimenting with about 40 long and short poems, it does feel like a losing battle. It is impossible to discern the form, style, literary devices, diction and context of virtually any poem. And really the Taliban poets are not to blame for this.

from Daily Times: The poetry of the Taliban: a lesson you won't forget--Dr Mohammad Taqi


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