Nasir Kazimi: a poet of unique metaphors
By Zaib Azkaar Hussain
Karachi: Nasir Kazimi was a poet of unique metaphors and he used original short meter (behr) in Urdu poetry and this is why the lovers of poetry cannot forget him at least on his birth and death anniversaries.
Syed Nasir Raza Kazimi, popularly known as Nasir Kazimi, was born on December 8, 1925 and died in March 1972. The creative experiments made by him are still very much fresh in Urdu poetry. For instance, his works titled Ã¬Pehli BaarishÃ® gained popularity due to his wonderful expression in short poetic lines.
Nasir Kazimi was also amongst the poets who used common words with a unique and creative touch and deriving an amazing meaning. Consider this: Mein kal taire ghar aÃaya tha Ã± tu kaheen bahar gaya huwa thaÃ®.
Although most of his critics say that he derived his poetry from the Ã¬Meer school of thoughtÃ®, the fact is that he put up Ã¬value additionÃ® that made him a poet of his own style.â€ It is a fact that he saw life differently and it was all a unique expression that enriched Urdu poetry in terms of format and creation of fresh diction as well.
Nasir Kazimi was perhaps the only poet who was sung by a number of singers in his lifetime and after his death, as the renowned singers themselves selected his verses for singing. A number of poets just followed Nasir Kazimi in creating verses in small or short behr (meter) and it was a kind of acknowledgement and tribute to him. Yet the impact of his poetry remains totally unique from others.
The same sort of experiments can be seen in his other poetic lines like: Ã¬Mein to woh naheen raha Ã± haan magar wohi hai tuÃ® and Ã¬Ajeeb maanoos ajnabi tha Ã± mujhe tau hairan kar gaya woÃ®.
In general, such words donÃt have much strange meaning but owing to their context the words change their meaning and become more symbolic, where the contrast ofâ€ Ã¬commencementÃ® and Ã¬presenceÃ® show a rather different meaning of coming and leaving.
Similarly, his Ã¬ghazlsÃ® are very much fresh and enriched poetry as he rather introduced new and amazing metaphors such as Ã¬dil mein ik leharÃ®, Ã¬koi deewarÃ®, Ã¬udasi bal kholeÃ®, Ã¬shehr kuon saaien saaien karta haiÃ® and Ã¬shehr ki be charagh galyun meinÃ®.
Besides, Nasir Kazimi viewed the life with a quite different understanding vis-â€¡-vis society, relationships between different classes and his approach towards Ã¬mehboobÃ® (lover) was quite different from that adopted by other poets. It is perhaps difficult to find some usual or clichÃˆ-ridden style in Nasir KazimiÃs poetry towards Ã«mehboobÃ and this shows that he had done all this due to his great wisdom towards Ã¬being and becomingÃ®.
He also enjoyed command over depicting different feelings and shades of life such as love, hatred, anxiety wherein sometimes an optimistic viewpoint emerges and at times he depicts a pessimistic view of existing in a harsh society.
Source: The News