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Introduction to Iranian/Persian Poetry
This module lays the foundation for understanding the rich tradition of Iranian/Persian poetry. From its early origins to its defining characteristics, learners will explore how Persian poetry has been a fundamental aspect of Iranian culture. Through examining the cultural, political, and religious influences, they will grasp how Persian poetry transcends mere artistic expression and becomes a reflection of Iranian identity and societal values.

  • Overview of Iranian/Persian Poetry History
  • Defining Characteristics of Iranian/Persian Poetry
  • Cultural Influences on Iranian/Persian Poetry
  • Political Influences on Iranian/Persian Poetry
  • Religious Influences on Iranian/Persian Poetry

Early and Medieval Periods
The early and medieval periods marked significant evolutions in Persian poetry. During the Achaemenid and Sassanian eras, unique poetic forms emerged, setting the stage for the prolific poetic expressions that followed. The Islamic Conquest introduced new themes and motifs into Persian poetry, enriching the literary tradition. This module delves into the evolution of Persian ghazal and other forms during the early Islamic period and explores the poetic schools and notable poets of the medieval era.

The Golden Age of Persian Poetry
The Golden Age was a period of remarkable poetic output in Iran, with the emergence of iconic poetic forms and illustrious poets like Rumi, Hafez, and Saadi. This module explores the techniques of poetic expression and the diverse themes of love, mysticism, and social justice that were often explored. The enduring impact of Persian poetry from this era on the literary world is a testament to its profound cultural significance.

Later Dynasties and Evolving Styles
Persian poetry continued to evolve through the later dynasties, with each era bringing new styles and influences. This module explores how the integration of calligraphy and poetry during the Safavid era, the incorporation of modern themes during the Qajar era, and the modernization of poetic forms during the Pahlavi era reflected the changing socio-political landscape of Iran. The European influences and the transition to modern poetic styles are also discussed.

Modern and Contemporary Iranian Poetry
Modern and contemporary periods have seen a renaissance in Iranian poetry with poets exploring new themes and techniques. This module introduces learners to key modern and contemporary Iranian poets, the genesis of modern poetic movement in Iran, and the global recognition that Iranian poetry has garnered. It also delves into the thematic and technical evolutions that have characterized modern Iranian poetry.

Contextual Understanding and Analysis
This module fosters a deeper understanding of the socio-political themes, gender representation, and comparative studies with other regional poetic forms in Iranian/Persian poetry. Through examining the impact of historical events and the evolution of poetic narratives over time, learners will develop a nuanced understanding of the contextual factors that have shaped Persian poetry.

Practical Engagement and Analysis
Practical engagement is crucial for appreciating the artistry of Persian poetry. This module offers workshops on traditional and modern poetry techniques, critique and analysis workshops, and field visits to museums and poetry galleries. Through interpretation and discussion of Persian poems, learners will hone their analytical skills and deepen their appreciation for Persian poetic tradition.

Contemporary Discourse and Future Directions
The contemporary discourse on Iranian/Persian poetry is as vibrant as ever. This module explores current trends, emerging poets, and new movements in Persian poetry. It also discusses the global influence and reception of Persian poetry and engages with contemporary debates on its future directions. Through a discussion on the future of Iranian/Persian poetry, learners will engage with the ongoing evolution of this rich poetic tradition.

Capstone Projects
The Capstone Projects encourage learners to apply their understanding of Iranian/Persian poetry in practical and research-based projects. Through investigating chosen eras, styles, or poets, creating collections of poems, reviewing exhibitions, comparing Persian poetry with other traditions, and engaging with local poetry communities, learners will deepen their engagement with Persian poetic tradition.

Additional Projects
Additional projects offer further avenues for exploring Iranian/Persian poetry. Through group discussions, virtual gallery projects, poetry critique portfolios, interactive workshops, and poet interview projects, learners will have numerous opportunities to delve into the themes, techniques, and modern expressions of Iranian/Persian poetry, fostering a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of this rich literary tradition.

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