Firaq Gorakhpuri Poetry – Raghupati Sahay better known by his pen name, Firaq Gorakhpuri was a marvelous writer, uncompromising critic and an eminent writer of 19th century. His contemporaries counted on the powerful and influential Urdu poets of Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Kaifi Azmi, Josh Malihabadi and Sahir Ludhianvi. Firaq Ghorakhpuri’s Shayari is remembered for its melodious composition which captures the reader in its depth.
aa.e the hañste khelte mai-ḳhāne meñ 'firāq'
jab pī chuke sharāb to sanjīda ho ga.e
Firaq Gorakhpuri was born in Gorakhpur and received his early lessons in Urdu, Persian and Sanskrit languages from his father. Showing resilient interest in Poetry, Gorakhpuri decided to be adorned in the art of poetry. He is remembered as the “Poet of Pain and Ecstasy”. Firaq Ghorakhpuri’s Poetry held expressions which are raw, innocent and challenging. He is believed to be among the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for modern Urdu ghazals. He was an unfortunate man who lost his wife shortly after marriage, following his son’s suicide who was a young child. He lived almost isolated and alone for 40 years while his poetry career experienced 60 years of total life span.
ab to un kī yaad bhī aatī nahīñ
kitnī tanhā ho ga.iiñ tanhā.iyāñ
Pain induces art and art induces life. Firaq Gorakhpuri remains a significant contributor in nurturing Urdu language’s life in India amidst chaotic times when Urdu received the label of Muslim’s language and was made to stand small. The Government of India bestowed upon him the Padma Bhushan in recognition of his literary work. He was also felicitated with the esteemed Sahitya Akademi Award and Bhartiya Jnanpith Award. Read Firaq Gorakhpuri shayari in Urdu and Hindi on this page. Express your emotions in fragrant memories of Firaq Gorakhpuri which stems from his words and diffuses, in air.