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Mir Taqi Mir (1723–1810), known as the God of Urdu Poesy (Khuda-e Sukhan), is widely admired for his poetic genius. He was the first major poet to demonstrate the hidden beauty and grandeur of the Urdu language, a great gift of India’s cultural fusion.
From the raw Braj vernacular in Agra to the Indianized Persian sophistication of Delhi and the mellow sweetness of Awadhi in Lucknow, Mir covered the whole spectrum. Mir took half-baked Rekhta of the mid-eighteenth century to new heights, and with this, he reached the pinnacle of literary Urdu’s poetic and creative journey. Besides comprehensive literary analysis of Mir’s unusual mellowness and natural flow, the book contains a substantial selection of his most memorable ghazals. This book will be read and re-read by scholars and students of Indian literature for its pathbreaking tenor, ingenuity of presentation, and for the poetic content of lasting value.