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Author Pritchett, Frances W., 1947-

Title Nets of awareness : Urdu poetry and its critics / Frances W. Pritchett
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 1994


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 234 pages)
Series Online access: California Digital Library UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 (Open Access)
Contents A garden now destroyed -- The lost world -- Beyond a sea of blood -- Reconstruction -- The water of life -- Flowers on the branch of invention -- Tazkirahs -- Poems two lines long -- The art and craft of poetry -- The mind and heart in poetry -- Light from English lanterns -- The cycles of time -- From Persian to English -- "Natural poetry" -- Poetry and morality -- Epilogue
Summary "Frances Pritchett's lively, compassionate book joins literary criticism with history to explain how Urdu poetry--long the pride of Indo-Muslim culture--became devalued in the second half of the nineteenth century. This abrupt shift, Pritchett argues, was part of the backlash following the violent Indian Mutiny of 1857. She uses the lives and writings of the distinguished poets and critics Azad and Hali to show the disastrous consequences--culturally and politically--of British rule. The British had science, urban planning--and Wordsworth. Azad and Hali had a discredited culture and a metaphysical, sexually ambiguous poetry that differed radically from English lyric forms. Pritchett's beautiful reconstruction of the classical Urdu poetic vision allows us to understand one of the world's richest literary traditions and also highlights the damaging potential of colonialism." -- Publisher
Analysis Urdu poetry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-230) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Āzād, Muḥammad Ḥusain, approximately 1834-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation
Ḥālī, Ḵẖvājah Alt̤āf Ḥusain, 1837-1914 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Āzād, Muḥammad Ḥusain, approximately 1834-1910 fast
Ḥālī, Ḵẖvājah Alt̤āf Ḥusain, 1837-1914 fast
Subject Urdu literature -- History and criticism
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary.
Urdu literature
Littérature ourdoue -- Histoire et critique.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520914278