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DEATH AND LAMENT IN AGHA SHAHID ALI’S POETRY

Adhila Abdul Hameed

Guest Lecturer, Sullamussalam Arabic College, Areekode, Kerala, affiliated to University of Calicut University, Kerala, India. 

Abstract


At present, when Agha Shahid Ali is read widely in the academia, to re-read it in the present scenario and to give meanings to the texts from different angle is necessary. The paper aims to analyze the frequent references of death and lament in his poems. Ali, through his poetry, seeks to bear witness to the tragedy, and through the metaphor of letters and post office, he tries to narrate the tragedy to the world. The paper outlines the concept of “death” in Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry highlighting instances of death, including death of his mother, poets, Kashmiris and of himself, which he predicts in one of the poems. This paper emphasizes the idea of death, conceptualized by Jacques   Derrida as an analytical tool to understand the death as idea the trope of Agha Shahid Ali and the concept of minor literature proposed by Giles Deleuze to delineate the from the image of “popular”. Furthermore discuss the strong philosophical influence of Shia Mystical Tradition in the continuous imagination of “becoming”. The paper underlines the interchange of paradise to hell in his works and on the concept of “home”. Accordingly, the paper throws light on the poet’s lament on the barbarism and violence perpetuated against the people at the time of war, and the brutality of war affecting even the communication, like receiving the mail or listening to the radio.

Keywords


death and lament, agha shahid ali’s poetry, philosophical influence.

 

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To cite this article


Adhila Abdul Hameed.  (2022). Death and Lament in Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetry. John Foundation Journal of EduSpark, 4(2), 19-31.

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