Ab­dulla Go­ran

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Ab­dulla Go­ran (1904 - 1962) was the fa­ther of Kur­dish po­etry and lit­er­a­ture- his works be­ing the break­ing point in which all Kur­dish po­etry fol­lowed suit. He was per­haps, some his­to­ri­ans like to ar­gue, the most sig­nif­i­cant Kur­dish poet in his­tory, start­ing the out-break of lit­er­acy within Kur­dis­tan.

Born in Su­laeiman, Ab­dulla spent most of his time study­ing in Kirkuk. After his brother and fa­ther passed away, he took up the teach­ing pro­fes­sion in Hawraman, giv­ing up on his stud­ies. Go­ran usu­ally wrote about na­ture, free­dom, and women- top­ics which later be­came quite popular within the Kur­dish so­ci­ety. Some of his more fa­mous works in­clude "Payíz!" and "Woman".

The first stanza of "Woman", trans­lated to English by Farhad Shakely:

"It is woman whose beauty's man­i­fes­ta­tion makes love soar, It is woman, who strength­ens the danc­ing imag­i­na­tion, Woman gen­er­ates love and woman pets love, It is woman who causes the strings of life's fid­dle to vi­brate!"

The poem it­self dis­cusses the beauty of the fe­male gen­der in gen­eral and the role that the op­po­site sex plays. The metaphor in the fourth line of the first stanza, "causes the strings of life's fid­dle to vi­brate", although some of it's beauty lost in the trans­la­tion, man­ages to con­vey Go­ran's ad­mi­ra­tion for women as he com­pares life to a mu­si­cian and women as the source of in­spi­ra­tion for it's mu­sic.

Ab­dulla Go­ran con­tin­ues to in­spire po­ets and po­etry-lovers to this very day, his views on women, na­ture, cul­ture, and other in­trigu­ing top­ics in­trigu­ing the minds of many.

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