Amin Kamil

(1924 - / Kaprin, South Kashmir / India)

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Amin Kamil is a major voice in Kashmiri poetry and one of the chief exponents of modern ghazal in the language. His influence is widely accepted by his contemporaries and later generations. Kamil, besides being a poet, has also written short stories and a novel and works of literary criticism. He has also written a number of plays and musicals for the radio. His critically edited collection of Sufi poetry (Sufi Shair, 3 vols., 1964-6.5) remains a definitive text which has been widely acclaimed. He has also edited the collected verse of Nund Reshi, and that of Habba Khatun. Kamil is also known as a scholar of high calibre.

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Despite Insight

An unknown doubt came in sight, despite all insight:
And we fell for the darkness in a morning clearly bright.

Under the dense shade of trees, look, shadows dissolve
It's like the mid-day scorching sun, in a late afternoon breeze.

A dusty storm at his back and a thick fog in the front
Makes Adam as uncertain as he is brilliant.

I also have studied the lessons of morals and ethics.
I also have erred with all that knowledge of its topics.

[Translated from the Kashmiri by Muneebur Rahman]

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