WESTERN POETIC INFLUENCES ON MAJEED AMJAD'S POETRY

  • Sara Amber Ph.D Scholar Urdu, The Women University, Multan
  • Dr Shahid Rasool Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu, The Women University, Multan
Keywords: Majeed Amjad, Western Influences, Kenneth Slade Alling, Robert Francis, William Cowper, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Thomas Hardy

Abstract

Majeed Amjad is a great poet of the 20th century who primarily loved his fellow humans, and who expressed this love through his account of deep affection for nature. His poetic grandeur has long been denied, and his artistic status has not been acknowledged the way he deserved it, yet he continued working his own way. Despite facing serious financial hardships, he utilized his artistic abilities aptly and stamped an unerasable shadow of his artistic self on Urdu Literature that will remain with it till the point time this literature will exist. Majeed Amjad, who had been ignored through the efforts of belittling, receives strong impressions of what is all around him and also he gets influenced by the poets and literary artists of the West. As a result of it, he produced such works of art that were apparently seen as derived from the western art canon. Despite western influence, his work stands alone as of independent stature without any blame for plagiarism or even for flat production of copying foreign content.

The present work will investigate the western influence and its imprints upon the poetry of Majeed Amjad, and we will try to understand those nooks and corners of his poetry which are not much known to a systematic critical investigation to date. This research, hence, will open up new pathways for fresh researchers who would invest their critical insight into Amjad’s such poetic interpretations that have remained under surface. Through the present research, we will try to introduce a renewed Majeed Amjad who, despite having been influenced by the western artistic tradition, remained successful in establishing his own independent artistic identity. In our present investigative attempt, we will also explore his artistic independence by looking at whether he succeeded not in establishing his own voice even after absorbing western influence. This research will primarily engage such questions for the consequent debate in the analytical chapters. Hence, after critically looking at western poetic influence on Amjad’s work, this research will introduce the reader to a new Majeed Amjad who had a unique identifying accent that had been unknown till now.

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Published
2023-01-10
How to Cite
Sara Amber, and Dr Shahid Rasool. 2023. “WESTERN POETIC INFLUENCES ON MAJEED AMJAD’S POETRY”. Tasdiqتصدیق۔ 4 (2), 245-65. https://doi.org/10.56276/tasdiq.v4i2.129.