The Sad Little Fairy
Forough Farrokhzad (January 5, 1935 — February 13, 1967) is considered the most famous of contemporary Iranian
poets. She not only contributed to the modernisation of Persian poetry tradition but also to the evolution of Iranian
popular culture. Her outstanding lucidity and her courage in going beyond cultural taboos provided her poetry
with an inimitable originality.
One can say that she benefited from the revolutionary circumstances of Iranian social reconstruction of 1940s and
afterward to to experiement with the idea of a redefinition of boundries posed by tradition and indoctrination.
Her poems are both emotionally and intellectually rich and leave readers impressed with her ability
to think her feelings and her passion in feeling deeply and truthfully. These unique attributes make her poetry
full of thoughtful messages. Her use of language is original and aesthetic in the sense that she is able to create
It is so that she is justly believed to be the most influential poet of Persian language in 20th century.
She is unfairly unknown to English poetry readers because of the lack of proper translation. This website
is an undertaking aimed at not only commemorating but also introducing her to English readers.
Montréal, December 29, 2006.