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Poets/Writers From Uttar pradesh

Total: 340

One of the most firebrand poets of Lucknow. Contemporary of Meer Taqi Meer. His rivalry with Mushafi is well-recorded. Also wrote Rekhti poetry and 'Raani Ketki ki kahani" in prose

Meer Hasan

1717 - 1786

Considered to be the foremost poet of mathnawi.

Meer Taqi Meer

1723 - 1810

One of the greatest Urdu poets. Known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of Poetry)

One of the most prolific 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

One of the most prominent classical Urdu poets who wrote extensively on Indian culture & festivals. Contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir. Famous for his poems on Holi, Diwali and Lord Krishna

Qayem Chaandpuri

1725 - 1794

Prominent 18th century poet, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

One of the greatest 18th century poets. Contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir

A prominent scholar, author, translator, and novelist of twentieth century. Had a keen eye on the socio-cultural life of Lucknow.

Ambar Bahraichi

1949 - 2021

Well-known Sanskrit scholar, Sahitya Academy award winner.

Asad Badayuni

1952 - 2003

Leading poet who taught Urdu literature at AMU, Aligarh, also published a literary magazine 'Daairay'

Asghar Gondvi

1884 - 1936

One of leading pre-modern poets known for the mystic content of his poetry, close associate of Jigar Moradabadi

One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.

Auj lakhnavi

1853 - 1917

A prominent poet of Lucknow, son of Mirza Dabeer, also known for his book on 'Arooz' called 'Miqyas-ul-Ashaar'

Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib, Aatish was one of the shining stars of 19th century Urdu Ghazal.

Hasrat Mohani

1878 - 1951

Freedom fighter, member of constituent assembly which drafted Indian Constitution. He gave the slogan "Inquilab Zindabad" during freedom movement. He was a devotee of Shri Krishna. He wrote the famous ghazal "chupke chupke raat din".

One of the most prominent and trend-setter classical poets from Lucknow. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.

Irfan Siddiqi

1939 - 2004

One of the most-prominent modern poets, famous for his neo-classical poetry.

Ismail Merathi

1844 - 1917

Most famous Urdu poet writing poetry for children.

Jigar Moradabadi

1890 - 1960

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets who enjoyed stunning popularity and fan-following.

Known for depicting romantic encounters with the beloved in lurid details. Lost his eye sight in the prime of youth

Kabeer

1440 - 1518

Prominent saint-poet of the Nirguna tradition of medieval Bhakti-literature. Known for his rebellious views on caste and untouchability.

One of the founding fathers of modern Urdu criticism in the subcontinient.

Prominent 19th Century poet at Lucknow.

Prominent contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir who had deep involvement with Sufism. Died and buried at the shrine of Sheikh Saleem Chishte, Agra

Prominent classical poet who was part of the first war of independence in 1857.

Nizam Rampuri

1819 - 1872

Prominent poet of Rampur style who was described by Mirza Ghalib as 'Mir of Rampur'.

One of the most celebrated 19th century Lucknow poets, author of the renowned masnavi gulzaar-e-naseem

Premchand

1880 - 1936

The first prominent Hindi-Urdu fiction writer who gave artistic expression to social concerns through his novel and stories.

Qaisarul Jafri

1926 - 2005

Famous for his ghazal "Divaron se mil kar rona achcha lagta hai".

Riyaz Khairabadi

1853 - 1934

Well-known poet known for his poetry on wine, though he is said to have never touched wine.

Shibli Nomani

1857 - 1914

One of the founders of Urdu literary criticism, great historian, religious scholar, political thinker and poet famous for his work on Persian poetry Sher-ul-Ajam.

Yagana Changezi

1884 - 1956

One of most inspiring pre-modern poets who laid foundations for modern ghazal. Known for his sustained denunciation of Mirza Ghalib and contemporary poetry in Lucknow.

Aasi uldani

1893 - 1946

A prominent poet and scholar of Lucknow, a disciple of Dagh and Natiq Gulawathhi, known for his annotations of Ghalib and Hafiz, and editing the works of the earliest women poets of Urdu

Poet of humour & satire.

Akhtar Ansari

1909 - 1988

Known for his emotional intensity tinged with irony

Ali Jawad Zaidi

1916 - 2004

Well-known poet and critic known for his book 'Do Adabi School'

Amanat Lakhnavi

1815 - 1858

Famous for his musical play 'Inder Sabha', contemporary of the last Nawab of Avadh, wajid Ali Shah.

Anwar Sabri

1901 - 1985

A multi-faceted personality who was apart from being a religious scholar and freedom fighter had also been a poet reflecting Sufistic bohimianism

Arif Lakhnavi

1859 - 1916

Asifud Daula

1748 - 1797

Nawab of Awadh

Bashir Farooqi

1939 - 2019

Bekhud Badayuni

1857 - 1912

Prominent 19th century poet, disciple of Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali and Daagh Dehelvi, served as a magistr

One of the most prominent contemporary ghazal poets in India

One of the most powerful campaigners of Hindi revivalism who wrote Urdu ghazals in classical style.

A poet of repute, disciple of Ameer Meenai; also wrote a novel called Dard-e-Dil

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