Legendary Poetess Parveen Shakir Still beat in Hearts of Admires  

Legendary Poetess Parveen Shakir Still beat in Hearts of Admires  

ISLAMABAD – Legendary poetess Parveen Shakirbeing remembered on the 62 birth anniversary by the litrary circles of country on Sunday.

Parveen Shakir was born on November 24, 1952 in Karachi. She got married with Doctor Naseer Ali, have taken after the divorce. Her son name is Murad Ali.

Parveen started writing at a young age, penning both prose and poetry, and contributing columns in Urdu newspapers, and a few articles in English dailies. Initially, she wrote under the pen-name, “Beena”. Parveen Shakir held two masters degrees, one in English Literature and one in Linguistic. She also held a PhD and another master’s degree in Bank Administration.

She was a teacher for nine years before she joined the Civil Service and worked in the Customs Department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR in Islamabad.

Parveen Shakir was the first female poetess who expressed emotions and feelings of a young girl in a realistic manner.  Spontaneity in expression was the hallmark of her poetry that mesmerized the young lot especially girls.

Shakir employed mainly two forms of poetry in her work, one being the prevalent ghazal [plural: ghazalyaat], and the other being free verse. The most prominent themes in Shakir’s poetry are love, feminism, and social stigmas, though she occasionally wrote on other topics as well. Her work was often based on romanticism, exploring the concepts of love, beauty and their contradictions, and heavily integrated the use of metaphors, similes and personifications.

As compared to her ghazalyaat Parveen Shakir’s free verse is much bolder, and explores social issues and taboos, including gender inequality, discrimination, patriotism, deceit, prostitution, the human psyche, and current affairs. It is also much more modern and up-to-date.

On December 26, 1994, Parveen Shakir’s car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world. The road on which the accident took place is named after her.

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Ummer Faizan

Ummer Faizan is currently working as a Web Producer at Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. He is the Mass Communication undergrad and holds keen interest in analyzing current state of affairs with the perspective of Pakistani youth.

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