“To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And Heaven in a Wild Flower,” says William Blake in his profound view of the universe; however, this nuance pertains to good scholarship and macro engagements that demand it. In this brilliant work by Seyed-Gohrab we can see that indeed he has pinpointed “a World in a Grain of Sand” in his multilayered study of poetry and poetics in the Iran-Iraq War and build up to its importance in Iran—and by extension the Iranian psyche before, during, and after this imposed and horrific war. The Iran-Iraq war highlights a gray area in cognizance of Iranian people, whereby history and historicity as they pertain to Sufism, love, and sacrifice—emboldened further by religion—prompted unity, a common understanding, a oneness (far more than a mere unity even) that behooved same-mindedness. The topic of this book is anything but easy to approach as it...
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Book Review| September 02 2022
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. Martyrdom, Mysticism and Dissent: The Poetry of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988)
Martyrdom, Mysticism and Dissent: The Poetry of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988)by Seyed-Gohrab, Asghar. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2021. 313 pp. ISBN: 978-3-11-074859-8.
International Journal of Persian Literature (2022) 7: 160–163.
Alireza Korangy; Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. Martyrdom, Mysticism and Dissent: The Poetry of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988). International Journal of Persian Literature 2 September 2022; 7 160–163. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/intejperslite.7.0160
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