About the poet:
FAIZ AHMED FAIZ 1911-1984
Poet, writer, journalist and politician who helped to forge a revolutionary consciousness in the South Asian sub-continent
Faiz’s poems and writings, even today, represent an unflinching resistance to oppression and imperialism. Like Nazim Hikmat, Kazi Nazrurul Islam, Pablo Neruda and Mahmoud Darwish, Faiz’s poetry transcends geographical boundaries; and is timeless.
Faiz was a renowned Urdu poet from Pakistan. Faiz was born in British India in a small Punjabi village of Kala Kadar near Sialkot. Faiz was educated initially in a mosque school and then in Scott and Murray Mission school in Sialkot and he subsequently went to Lahore to undertake graduation in English literature and a master in Arabic language. His masterly of four languages (Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu) enabled him to beautifully craft his poetry in coming years.