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Raghupati Sahay (28 August 1896 – 3 March 1982), better known under his pen name Firaq Gorakhpuri, was a writer, critic, and one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India.

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Firaq Gorakhpuri

As a poet of the ghazal, Firaq stands foremost among the modern writers. His poetry and personality were nurtured by several diverse influences. He was thoroughly familiar with the Urdu poetic tradition, and was especially impressed by the poetry of Mir and Momin. He was influenced by English poetry, in particular by the Romantics. He also imbibed within him the spirit of ancient Hindu thought and culture, as reflected in Hindi and Sanskrit literature. Firaaq is sometimes accused of coarse sensuality in his treatment of love and women. At his defense, he looks at the female form with the eye of an artist and a lover, and often interprets the beauty of a woman in terms of the beauty of nature. Like English romantic poets, Firaaq seems to have found a unity between man and nature, body and spirit, all of which were for him the manifestations of the same divine energy.

A very well known couplet written by Firaaq is given below :

Muddatein ho ke teri yaad bhi aaye na hamein,

Aur tumhe bhul gaye hon, aisa bhi nahi.


True, that for long i haven’t thought of you,

But to say that i have forgotten you would also be untrue.