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Veteran Poet Sabzevari Dies

Veteran Poet Sabzevari DiesVeteran Poet Sabzevari Dies

The veteran Iranian poet Hamid Sabzevari who was known for his revolutionary poems and verses advocating the 1979 Islamic Revolution, passed away in Tehran on Saturday, June 11.

Sabzevari, 91, who was suffering from age-associated ailments died at Tehran’s Asia Hospital, IRNA reported.

He composed many well-known poems and verses on the revolution and the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war (known in Iran as the Sacred Defense).

Born as Hossein Agha Momtaheni in Sabzevar, Khorasan Razavi Province, he started writing poetry at the age of 14. Sabzevari reflected important events of his time in his works. Seven books of his poems have been published.

Before the revolution, he condemned the poor and chaotic conditions of the country in his writings and after 1979, he sought to convey the true message of the revolution and defend the values and beliefs of Islam through his poems.

One of his most famous works was on the historic arrival of the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini to Iran from exile in 1979. That piece and a couple of other works were sung in a chorus and broadcast on state radio and TV for many years and have remained in the people’s minds.

He was honored as the chevalier of culture and arts during his lifetime in 2014.

His funeral procession will be held from Tehran’s Howzeh Honari (Art Bureau) to Vahdat Hall and his body will be taken to Sabzevar to be buried in his hometown according to his will.