Ahmad Shamlu Critical Essays

Introduction

Shamlu, Ahmad 1925–

An Iranian poet, critic, translator, and writer of books for children, Shamlu is one of his country's leading writers and intellectuals. As a young man, Shamlu developed an enthusiasm for classical music, but his poverty prevented him from pursuing a musical career. However, his love of music is evident in his poetry. Shamlu's poetry, noted for its linguistic experimentalism and grand imagery, reveals his commitment to freedom of expression. Shamlu has written under the pseudonyms of A. Bamdad and A. Sobh.