Our country Pakistan is full of beautiful and talented people. We just can’t forget our heroes, pilots, singers, sports person and especially the famous poets of Pakistan. There are notable poets also those who are born or immigrated to Pakistan. If you have free time to note down the 10 famous poets of Pakistan, then we are here to help you through this article.
The list of 10 famous poets of Pakistan is clear including the great people like Muhammad Iqbal and Mirza Ghalib. Everyone knows that these famous poets may or may not be alive now, but they all are alive in our heart and books. Here is the list of top 10 famous poets of Pakistan. Have a look!
1. Allama Muhammad Iqbal
“The poet of the East” is none other than Allama Iqbal (November 9, 1887 – April 21, 1938). He is one of the most famous poets of Pakistan. He did his Masters in philosophy and started poetry in both Persian and Urdu language. His first book of poetry was “Asrar -e- Khudi” in Persian language. The main work of Iqbal was to enlighten the thinking of Muslims so that they can live independently. He is also known as “the nation poet of Pakistan”.
His books are:
Asrar e Khudi
Zarb e Kaleem
Bang e Dara
Payam e Mashriq
Bal e Jibril
Other than this, he wrote many books outside of poetry and the best example is “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam”.
2. Meer Taqi Meer
One of the top famous poets of Pakistan is Meer Taqi Meer (September 1723 – 21 September 1810). His real name was “Meer Muhammad Taqi” and also known as”Khuda-e-Sukhn”, which means the “God of poetry”. He has his own style of poetry and ghazals and also has been praised by other famous poets and literature critics. Moreover, “Deewane-e-meer” is the completion of his verses, which is available in every corner of the world.
3. Hafeez Jullundhri
He is also known as one of the famous poets of Pakistan (14th January, 1990 – 21 December 1982). He was so famous to support the ideology of Allama Iqbal to form a new state and to aware the Muslims. Hafeez Jullundhri has written the lyrics of Pakistani National Anthem and known as the monumental Urdu poet. His poetry is romantic, religious and consists of natural themes. He was awarded with the Hilal -e- Imtiaz and pride of performance awards for the amazing patriot poetry. He got a very high fame with the help of narration of Islamic history in verse, known as “Firdowsi’s Shahnama”.
4. Mirza Ghalib
Born on 27th December 1797 and died on 15th February 1869, Mirza Ghalib is among the most famous poets of Pakistan. His real name was Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, was a classical Urdu and Persian poet. Mirza Ghalib wrote many Ghazals in his life, and many people have given him tribute by singing his Ghazals in different ways. He is one of the most influential poets in South Asia for his command on Urdu language.
5. Ehsan Danish
The famous and noticeable poet from Pakistan was Ehsan Danish like other many poets. His life revolves round himself, who has less than primary education, has worked as laborer for years, but finally he became an astonishing poet. He has written more than 80 books and many articles on poetry, philology, autobiography, prose, linguistics and the famous interpretation of “Diwan-e-Ghalib”. It is very surprising to know that only 5% of his works are published till now and the remaining are in the form of manuscript.
6. Parveen Shakir
The lady whose name is written in the golden words among the list of famous female poets of Pakistan is none other than Syeda Parveen Shakir. She was born on 24th November, 1952 – 26th December 1994 and a talented female poets of the era. She has done many works for Urdu literature and academia and was also a teacher. Her first romantic poetry album was “Khushbu”, which was released in 1976. Later on, her number of ghazals, plays and nazams were published and she was awarded with the “Pride of Performance”.
7. Amjad Islam Amjad
The famous poet, drama writer and lyricist Amjad Islam Amjad (4th August, 1944) is a renowned name in the history. He has won “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” and “Pride of Performance” for his poetry and literature work. Amjad Islam Amjad is originally belonged to Sialkot, but he migrated to Lahore, Pakistan during the partition of British India and Pakistan. He started his career as a lecturer in Government MAO College, Lahore, and then become the director of the Pakistan TV Corporation.
His famous books are
8. Khawaja Meer Dard
Khawaja Mir Dard was born in 1721 and died in 1785. He is known as one of the famous poets of Pakistan. His biggest achievements were in Urdu Ghazal and classical Urdu Ghazals. He has lots of sufi couplets and considered to be the greatest poet, who has amazing command in Urdu poetry. You can see his works, which are full of Sufi thoughts.
His famous example of kalam is,
زندگی ہے یا کوئی طوفان ہے
ہم تو اس جينے کے ہاتھوں مر چلے
9. Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Born in 13th February, 1911 and died in 20th November, he is the famous poet of Pakistan, named as Faiz Ahmed Faiz. He has done the intellectual work in Urdu literacy and has also been awarded for Nobel Prize of literature four times. Not only in Urdu, his work has spread over in Punjabi, Persian, English and Russian. Faiz Ahmed Faiz was the member of progressive writer’s movement and an acknowledged Marxist. Moreover, he has also won the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union.
10. Ahmed Faraz
Ahmed Faraz is considered as one of the greatest and modern Urdu famous poets of Pakistan of the last century. Faraz is his pseudonym “Takhallus” and his real name is Syed Ahmad Shah. He has studied Urdu and Persian from the Peshawar University and later he became the lecturer in the same university in Pakistan.