Simin Behbahani: Iran's National Poet

  title={Simin Behbahani: Iran's National Poet},
  author={Farzaneh Milani},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={17 - 3}
  • F. Milani
  • Published 21 January 2008
  • Art
  • Iranian Studies
Though Simin Behbahani's poems differ in their command of language, versatility of themes, and originality of images, they are unified from beginning to end by common traits. This poet has consistently been an advocate of individual rights, regardless of gender, class, religion, political affiliation, or ethnicity. She has transformed a conventional and mainly masculine poetic form—the ghazal. With her skillful mastery of poetic devices and techniques, she has integrated a classical genre with…