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Arrival of the Monsoon: Collected Poems 1947-78

  • Author: Taufiq Rafat
  • Publisher: Vanguard Publictions
  • Format: Hardback – 260 pages
  • Language: English

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A selection of work by the poet who is acknowledged as the founding father of poetry in English in Pakistan. Described as having a blend of earthiness and lyricism, the poems reveal a craftsman at work.

Taufiq Rafat is acknowledged as the finest Pakistani poet writing in English. He was born in Sialkot in 1927. Educated in Derra Dun, Aligarh and Lahore, he has been writing English verse for the past 45 years. His work has featured in three Oxford University Press collections of Pakistani English poetry, First Voices (1964), Pieces of Eight (1970), Wordfall (1976) and has been anthologised widely abroad in such publications as Poems of the Commonwealth, and Mentor’s Modem Asian Literature. His poems have been set in second-ary schools and College English courses in Africa, Australia and the United States, as well as in the intermediate English syllabi in the Punjab and Sind Universities in Pakistan.

His recent books include English verse renditions of the celebrated Punjabi poets Bulleh Shah and Qadir Yar’s Puran Bhagat; both volumes have received acclaim at home and abroad. He is now work-ing on a fourth book Lullabies of the Punjab, and is also in the pro-cess of writing his first novel in English.

This book brings us to 1978, and will be followed in due course by another volume called: Half Moon Poems 1979 — 1984.

Author Biography

Taufiq Rafat (25 October 1927 – 2 August 1998), was a Pakistani author and poet. His work influenced other Pakistani poets and he is credited with the introduction of the concept of a “Pakistani idiom” in English literature.

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