Forugh Farrokhzad

Forugh Farrokhzad is arguably one of the most significant Iranian poets of the twentieth century. Her poetry was the poetry of protest – protest through revelation – revelation of the innermost world of women (considered taboo until then), their intimate secrets and desires, their sorrows, longings, aspirations and at times even their articulation through silence.

She was also prominent among the group of gifted, bold poets who began the modernist movement in Iranian poetry, breaking away from the traditional poetic modes, both in form and subject matter. She died in a car crash at the age of 32.

This poem, ‘In Darkness’ (Miyaneh Tariki), is from her fourth book, Reborn, published in 1964. Her choice of words in this poem, as in all her poems, was fresh, new and exciting for mid-twentieth- century Iran.