Above all, read Ahmad Shamlou. I dedicated that summer to Shamlou. But I might as well have embarked on quantum theory.
With the exception of a few poems from a particular collection called Fresh Air , which the poet had later disowned, his writing eluded me. My father, who wrote classical poetry, took this as his moment for literary proselytizing and aired his litany against modern poetry as artless and merely confounding.
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Mocking the title of the tiny collection I was wrestling with, he threw a rusty knife on a plastic plate and demanded: My father's objection to modern poetry made the case for having to understand it even more pressing. Now it was my selfhood at stake, as was the adolescent instinct to be unafraid in breaking from tradition on behalf of a higher calling.
The nation's preoccupations with notions such as truth, belonging and sovereignty had become mine. I was, after all, the awkward girl who could not find her place in the old spaces she knew. From the distance of years, it seems as though I spent a season splayed on bed, suffering through Shamlou.
But having written a couple of books and countless essays, I disagree. By the grey shore, by the grey sea —And close by lies the town— The fog rests heavy round the roofs And through the silence roars the sea Monotonously round the town. Boy I am diaspora and it really annoys me when things happen in Dominica how people tend to treat diaspora like rubbish when they comment. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Continue to grow and learn progressing from strength to strength. How foolish was my little hike in spite of warnings thus.
One August afternoon, vowing that it would be for the last time, I reread the lines I found most mystifying. Here is my translation of them:.
The ignorant are harmonious Only the storm spawns disparate off-springs The harmonious are shadowlike Wary in the penumbra of the sun But those others are the fearless The guardians of the flames Mortals who walk shoulder to shoulder with death -- ahead of death. A mild earthquake shook Tehran that afternoon, but a far more intense one had registered inside me. Suddenly, I knew who I was — the daughter of the storm — and my inharmonious experience as an awkward teenager was virtue.
I now knew where I belonged in the world — to the luminous and unafraid.
All of this was told to me by a father, who, unlike my own, was bold and rebellious. If childhood is one of several skins one wears throughout a lifetime, then I shed mine that day. In the subsequent weeks, I memorized several of his books to become a teenage troubadour, a literary jukebox among adults who welcomed me into their midst.
As I left Iran and moved from country to country, home has always been but one place: Translations of Shamlou's work into English are rare, but you can find several of them here. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.
Daughter Of The Storm: His poems made her realize the importance of breaking from tradition. Weather is a perennial theme of poetry, and not just nice weather: It is thanks to this powerful thundery metaphor that this poem is included here. This is the second version of a poem which Dickinson wrote in two different drafts in Worth reading for the following two lines alone: Webster is a forgotten name among Victorian poets.
This is not a poem in itself but rather the fifth and final section of the longer poem, The Waste Land. This is a powerful description of a storm, but some of its finest details relate to the dead calm within the house containing the people sheltering from the storm: Discover more classic poetry with these short poems by female poets down the ages , these poems about school , and these fine poems about the seaside. Thunderstorm approaching by Lars Kasper, ; via Flickr.
Some finely contrasting poems here, showing many different aspects of emotions generated by this inspiring phenomenon.