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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

PRS 329 • Classics of Persian Poetry

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43100 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 323

Course Description

This introductory survey course, open to undergraduate and graduate students who can read Persian well, both familiarizes students with classic medieval and modern texts of Persian poetry and introduces them to a culture-specific world view and culture-specific conceptions of a classical period, classics, classicism, medieval art, traditionalism, modernism, the nature of poetry, functions and purposes of literary art, and roles of the literary artist. Class lecture and discussion take place in both Persian and English. The required course materials, available at Paradigm Books a day before the second class session, are a packet of Persian texts called "Classics of Persian Poetry."

Grading Policy

Course grades are based on class participation (30% of the course grade), recitation (30%), and a termpaper (40%). Undergraduate students write termpapers analyzing a specific poem. Graduate students write research papers. The course has no final examination.


Topics List and Course Schedule: 1. Discussion of course schedule and aims. Reading a sample poem. Iranian literary culture: a chronology from 559 B.C.E. to 2000 C.E. 2 A checklist of terms relating to Persian poets and poetry. A sample poem. 3 Lyrics by Rudaki (d.c. 940/1). 4 Quatrains by various medieval poets. 5 Poems by Farrokhi (d. 1037/8) . 6 A panegyric by Manuchehri (d.c. 1040). 7 Ferdowsi (d.c.1020) and the Persian epic tradition. The "Exordium" to Ferdowsi's Sh âhn âmé (1010). 8 Passages from the Sh âhn âmés Story of Sohr âb. 9 Quatrains attributed to 'Omar Khayy âm (d. 1131). 10 "Ode to the Palace at Ctesiphon" by Kh âq âni (d.c. 1199). 11 From Conference of the Birds by 'Att âr (d.c.1220). 12 "Exordium" to Spiritual Couplets by Jal âloddin Rumi (d. 1273). 13 Ghazals from Rumi's Div ân of Shams of Tabriz. 14 "Caravan Ghazal" by Sa'di (d.c. 1290). 15 Ghazals by H âfez (d.c. 1390). 16 Persian Poetry from J âmi (d. 1492) to the Constitutional Movement (1906). 17 Poems by Parvin E'tes âmi (d. 1941). 18 K ârun, The Alley, and other poems by Faridun Tavallali (d. 199?) and Faridun Moshiri (d. 2001). 19 M âkhul â, Hey, People, Along the Riverbank and other poems by Nim â Yushij d. 1960). 20 "Winter" and "Ending of the Sh âhn âmé" by Mehdi Akhav ân-e S âles (d. 1990). 21 Conquest of the Garden, Another Birth and other poems by Forugh Farrokhz âd (d. 1967). 22 The Sound of Waters Footsteps and other poems by Sohr âb Sepehri (d. 1980). 23 The Fairies (1953) and In This Dead End (1979) by Ahmad Sh âmlu (d. 2000). 24 False Dawn, Blood and Ashes, and other poems by N âder N âderpur (d. 2001).


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