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Colloquium on Persian and Spanish Poetry

Colloquium on Persian  and Spanish PoetryColloquium on Persian  and Spanish Poetry

A colloquium on Iranian contemporary poet Nima Yushij and Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez is scheduled to take place next year in Tehran’s Book City Institute and the Complutense University of Madrid.

The announcement was made by the institute’s deputy director, Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani following a trip by Iranian literati to Spain to attend a seminar on Persian poet Saadi and the Spanish author Cervantes, held at Madrid’s Complutense University last month. The seminar followed a colloquium on Saadi and Cervantes at the institute in April this year.

The colloquium on Yushij and Jimenez is aimed at analyzing the transformation of modern poetry through the past century in both countries, Mohammadkhani said. “The trip has opened the doors for further literary and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” ISNA quoted him as saying.

“Jimenez lived in the same period as Yushij and has influenced Spanish modern poetry just as Nima revolutionized Persian ‘new poetry’. One of Jimenez’s most important contributions to modern poetry was his advocacy of the concept of ‘pure poetry’ which made him a mentor for the younger generation of poets. In a way, he was the founder of modern poetry in Spain,” Mohammadkhani noted.

 Varsities Visited

He said the Iranian literati also visited some Spanish universities to learn about cultural and scientific activities and discuss the Cervantes Literary Award. He also mentioned a meeting with Spanish journalist and writer Elvira Lindo and said she was invited to visit Iran. Lindo’s books are translated in Persian and she might visit Iran in the near future.

Delegates from four Spanish universities are scheduled to travel to Iran in mid-November for scientific and cultural dialogue.

It is proposed to exchange at least three literati and research scholars between Iran and Spain every year with the cooperation of the cultural attaché of the Iranian embassy in Spain, Mohammadkhani said.

 Notable Poets

Nima Yushij (1895-1960), born Ali Esfandiari, was a contemporary Persian poet who started the ‘new poetry’ also known as ‘Nimaic poetry’ trend in Iran. He is considered as the father of modern Persian poetry.

Juan Ramon Jimenez Mantecon (1881-1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistic purity.