Mansour Oudji

Mansour Oudji was born in Shiraz in 1928 and lives there still. Iran’s literary and arts scene is concentrated in Tehran so Oudji is at the geographical periphery, preferring personal and poetic seclusion.

Oudji is a proponent of the poetry often called ‘New’ or ‘Nimayi’ poetry, named after the poet, Nima Yushij. He is a ‘rural’ poet who celebrates nature and man in nature in simple and easeful poetry. His poems are always short and lyrical, their musicality deriving from their lulling iambic beat. Houshang Golshiri, the famous Iranian writer and literary theorist has called his work ‘the poetry of silence’.

The poem here is an exception: it is an elegiac poem in a traditional setting with traditional motifs. The lament is over the past, over moribund tradition and a past era. In this respect it is like T. S. Eliot’s famous poem ‘Journey of the Magi’.