A Rebirth Criticism

Faroogh Farrokhzaad
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Farrokhzaad's collection A Rebirth has not received a lot of critical attention in the United States. However, her impact on Iran and especially on Iranian women cannot be overstated. A Rebirth has been widely recognized as a major work, and Farrokhzaad herself has been recognized as a major Iranian poet.

In his introductory remarks in A Rebirth, translator David Martin calls this collection a "masterpiece." He continues, "Her voice was already the most significant voice in women's poetry in this century in Iran—some say she was the greatest poetess in the long history of Persian poetry." Martin's remarks are repeated by many literary critics and academics familiar with Farrokhzaad's body of work and with the influence her poetry has had on Iranians. Although, due to the nature of her topics, Farrokhzaad's poetry strongly appeals to women, Martin argues it is not only Iranian women who benefit from...

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