Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born in Sialkot, India, which is now part of Pakistan, on February 13, 1911. He had a privileged childhood and his father was a sucessful lawyer. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic, followed by a master’s degree in English, from the Government College in Lahore in 1932. He began a career teaching shortly after getting his second masters degree in Arabic from the Oriental College in Lahore. He married Alys George and had 2 daughters while writing his early poetry works. In 1942, he left teaching to join the British Indian Army, for which he received a British Empire Medal for his service during World War II. After her service, he became an editor of The Pakistan Times. In 1951 he was sentenced to prision due to a failed coup attempt. He wrote two poetry collections that revolved around his experience in jail. After his release he went back to teaching and editing, passing away in Lahore in 1984, shortly after receiving a nomination for the Nobel Prize.

Movement: Poets of Exile

Prevalent Literary Themes: love, beauty, politics, war, government

Prevalent Literary Devices: metaphor, imagery, flashback, symbolism

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