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Allama Iqbal poet of entire nation my favourite poet

Updated on March 28, 2012

My Favourtie Poet

I am a great admirer of iqbal because he is my favourite poet. There have been many great poets in Urdu such as Mir, Dard, Atish, Mashafi, Nasikh, Zauq, dagh and Ghalib. They are important and valuable in their own way. Each contributes to Urdu poetry. But I like Iqbal the most. The reason is that he is not only a poet but a great philosopher also. He gave us the concept of Pakistan and devoted his self to achieve his goal. He is our national poet too. He is commonly known as the philosopher-poet of the East. As a matter of fact, he deserves this title. Like Shakespeare, Dante, Goethe and Tagore he belongs to the whole world.

Iqbal was born at Sialkot on November 9, 1877, and received his early education in his town. After passing his intermediate from Murray College, he joined Government College, Lahore. He got his M.A Philosophy and went to London there he completed his PHD. His career at higher education was greatly influenced by two great scholars, named Maulana Syed Mir Hassan and Mr. Arnold. When he came back, he settled down as a lawyer. He expired on April 21, 1938, but before his death he had completed his mission of life.

Iqbal was a born-poet, even his early poems for the children brought a great name to him. His Principal works include Bang-e-Dara, Bal-e-Jibreel, Zarb-e-Kalleem, Peyam-e-Mashrip, Asrar-e-Khudi, Ramooz-e-Bekhudi, Zaboor-e-Ajam, and Javeed Nama. The first two are the most popular.

Bange-e-Dara contains many poems which give expression to his feelings as a nationalism. This brought a great change in his thoughts. Now he began to write in Persian to appeal to a wider circle. But soon he felt that the common man in India could not understand Persia. Therefore he began to write in Urdu, again.

The culmination of his poetic genius is Bale-e-Gabreel, Khizar-e-Rah, Shama Aur Shaer, Shikwa aur Jawab-i-Shikwa, Masjid-e-Qurtaba and Saqi Nama are his famous and popular poems. His word set a new standard of literary excellence. His poems are masterpieces of Urdu Literature.

The central theme of his poetry is his philosophy of self-realization; it means the realization of all the capacities of one's self. His poetry is full of vigor and confidence. It inspires us to a life to struggle against all forces of evil. It is matchless for the beauty of its words and the excellence of its thought. He is to us a thousand times more than what Shakespeare is to an English man.

Written by: Johar Alam

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