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Ahmad Shamlou

Ahmad Shamlou or Shamloo was an Iranian poet, writer, and journalist. Shamlou was arguably the most influential poet of modern Iran. His initial poetry was influenced by and in the tradition of Nima Youshij. Ahmad Shamlu (1925-2000) is considered to be one of Iran’s greatest poets and one of the most influential literary figures of the 20th century. A native of Tehran, Shamlu has been publishing poetry and other writings since the mid-1940s. His poetry, like much great literature, appears simple on the surface but actually have many layers of meaning to appreciate. Shamlu has also written many plays. In addition to acclaim from critics and readers alike, Shamlu has also received honors from organizations such as Human Rights Watch for his emphasis on freedom of expression and social justice.

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