Resistance poetry assessed at TIBF
7 May 2012 11:30
Javad Mohaghegh, poet, believes that defining resistance literature in more general terms allows the concept to be employed in almost all grievances against the mankind.
IBNA: The resistance poetry summit was held on Thursday (May 3, 2012) on the sidelines of the 25th Tehran International Book Fair in the presence of Javad Mohaghegh at the Islamic Awakening pavilion of the book fair.
The session began with an introduction and the brief history of resistance poetry and literature presented by Reza Esmaeili. “Persian poets like Ferdowsi, Hafiz and Rumi have prudently introduced resistance to the society in their compositions.”
As he said, it is important to notice in such poetry pieces that symbols play an important part in conveying resistance elements to the society.
Later in the gathering, Javad Mohaghegh stated that if resistance is defined in more general terms, it will covers all kinds of injustice. For example, there are pieces on subjects like arrogance and colonialism as there are other pieces about fighting the self and improving onself.
“Poetry pieces are a kind of literary product about in the present tense. If the current society does not give us topics to compose resistance pieces, we can use other art branches like fiction, movies, plays and visual arts to promote the meaning of resistance,” he added. “…because such works are released a while after an event has taken place and can at the same time affect the poetic thinking and help it flourish.”
He went on to elaborate on various features of resistance literature and said, “resistance poetry should be frank and composed with utmost confidence. The poetry is not seeking hidden layers and functions like a resistance warrior.”
As he stated, in resistance compositions, the poet clearly conveys their thinking; pieces composed by Ahmad Matar are beautiful because of their content and belief concepts can easily be retrieved from his works.
“Resistance literature is nothing new in our era,” said Alireza Ghazveh, poet, later in the session. “The literature has grown in Iran and other countries parallel with Persian literature. pieces composed by Eghbal Lahuri are just an example of such works in resistance literature.”
He further added that it is over 40 years that the issue of Palestine and its occupation by the Zionist regime has been the stimulus for composition of resistance thinking for many poets.
He asserted that Imam Hussein’s uprising can be considered as the backbone of the literature.
The 25th Tehran International Book Fair is being held at Tehran's Grand Imam Khomeini Prayer Ground and will run through May 12, 2012.