Agha Shahid Ali Poems

Agha Shahid Ali was a Kashmiri American Muslim who wrote nine poetry collections and a book of literary criticism. He worked on several important translations, such as a collection of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry. Rooms Are Never Finished, published a year before his death in 2002, was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work is noted for its blending of cultural influences and his use of traditional and modern forms of verse. 


by Agha Shahid Ali

‘Backdrop’ by Agha Shahid Ali is a thoughtful poem that speaks about the Arabic language. It also reflects on the speaker’s connection to his ancestors.

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