Anthem Poem – by Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad

Anthem is poetry by Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000). Shamlou was arguably the most influential poet of modern Iran. His initial poetry was influenced by and in the tradition of Nima Youshij.

In fact, Abdolali Dastgheib, Iranian literary critic, argues that Shamlou is one of the pioneers of modern Persian poetry and has had the greatest influence, after Nima, on Iranian-poets of his era.

Anthem Poem - by Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad

Anthem

Before being turned to ashes
by the wrath of the thunderbolt,
he had forced the steer of the tempest
to kneel before his might.To test
the faith of old
he had worn out his teeth
on the locks of ancient gates.
On the most out-of-the way paths
he struggled,
an unexpected passer-by
whose voice every thicket and bridge
recognized.
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000)
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000)
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian-Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000). Shamlou was arguably the most influential poet of modern Iran. His initial poetry was influenced by and in the tradition of Nima Youshij. In fact, Abdolali Dastgheib, Iranian literary critic, argues that Shamlou is one of the pioneers of modern Persian poetry and has had the greatest influence, after Nima, on Iranian poets of his era.
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000)
Ahmad Shamlou, Bamdad , ا. بامداد , Iranian Poet, Writer, and Journalist (December 12, 1925 – July 23, 2000)

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