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Seyedehparisa Sajjadi

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Seyedehparisa Sajjadi

Email: ss382@st-andrews.ac.uk

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After the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran (1941) and the beginning of second Pahlavi rule that was followed by 1953 coup d’état and 1979 Revolution, and soon after the eight years of war with Iraq (1980-1988), the desire for a utopian society began to heighten and more images were created, as a result of historical currents of constant social renewals. To address the image of a utopian society in modern Iran and how optimistic Iranians were about the future of the country after these tremendous transformations in Iran’s political institution and so unsuccessful social renewals, I examine modern Persian poetry through the eyes of four distinguished modern Iranian poets— Mehdī Akhavān T̲ālit̲, Aḥmad Shāmlū̲, Firiydūn Mushīrī̄, and Sīmīn Bihbahānī. Despite their different attitudes, all these figures started their literary activities before 1953, and remained active, while witnessing the social and political transformations of Iran from the coup d’état, revolution and the eight-year war.

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