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GHALIB SITEveryone’s favorite Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib was known for his “notoriously complex” verses. As quoted in William Dalrymple’s fascinating book “The Last Mughal”, when elaborating on Ghalib’s famous spats with the court poet Ibrahim Zauq

“Almost everything about the two men’s styles and backgrounds contained possibilities for disagreement. Zauq wrote verse of startling simplicity; while Ghalib’s verse was notoriously complex. Zauq was from a humble background – his father has been a common foot-soldier; but it was he, not the self-consciously aristocratic Ghalib, who had been made Zafar’s ustad (master of art) in poetry, and so Poet Laureate of Mughal Delhi.”

51AlP+vNmzL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_A number of poets have commented on the complexity of Ghalib. One of them mentioned in Dalrymple’s book says (poet name is not mentioned):

Kalaam-i-Mir samjhey aur zubaan-I Mirja samjhey
Magar inka kaha yeh khud hi samjhey ya khuda samjhey

We follow the poetry of Mir, and the language of Mirja,
But of him (Ghalib) – only he can follow his verses, or maybe God alone can

Source: The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple