One of the major poets of the Progressive Writers Movement, Moin Ahsan Jazbi struck a different cord with it. He represented the classical literary tradition and blended it with the contemporary poetics. This is how he did not believe in using poetry as a mode of propaganda but in creating poetry of lasting value both thematically and stylistically.
Jazbi was born on 21 August, 1912 at Mubarakpur in Azamgarh district. After passing his matriculation examination from there, he went to Agra and passed his Intermediate examination from St. John’s College in 1931, and B. A. from Anglo-Arabic College. He started composing poetry rather early at the age of nine. He sought counseling from Hamid Shahjehanpuri. He also met Majaz Lucknowi, Fani Badayuni, and Maikash Akbarabadi in Agra. During his stay at Lucknow, he also developed contact with Sardar Jafri and Sibte Hasan which exposed him to Progressive ideology. When he shifted to Aligarh for his M. A. studies, he got actively interested with the affairs of the Movement. After completing his M. A., he worked as an Assistant Editor of Urdu monthly Aajkal before joining the department of Urdu as a faculty member at Aligarh Muslim University where he continued working till his retirement.
Farozaan, Sukhan Mukhtasar, and Gudaaz-e-Shab are the collections of his poetry. He also published a critical work entitled Hali ka Siyaasi Shuoor which had earned him his degree of Ph. D. earlier. Jazbi passed away on 13 February, 2005.
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