A Voice of her Own: Translations of Ishrat Afreen's Poems

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Sobia Khan Talmeez Burney


Abstract: The collection of translated poems by Ishrat Afreen is aptly title “A Voice of her Own†as the three poems reflect a strong feminist voice and a yearning for romanticism- a combination which is unique to Afreen’s work. The poems, “Age of Sorrow,†“The Messenger,†and “Poetics of Union†bring juxtaposing ideas together to reflect an authentic and creative voice from a female Urdu poet writing about very personal topics. The poet is a contemporary poet but one whose strength in classical and literary Urdu is very prevalent in her work.

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Sobia Khan, University of Texas at Dallas Richland College

Sobia Khan is a Visiting Scholar (English Faculty) at Richland College. She is also pursuing a doctoral degree in Literature at University of Texas at Dallas. She has taught various English and Creative Writing courses at University of Texas at Dallas and surrounding Dallas community colleges. Her creative work fiction has been published in RiversEdge, Sojourn, and Parallax. She has won awards and recognition for her creative work by Women on Writing, Sojourn magazine, Dallas Public Library, and League for Innovation. She has presented her scholarly work at numerous conferences including American Comparative Literature Association, South Atlantic MLA, South Central MLA, and SouthWest Conference on Asian Studies.

Talmeez Burney, University of Texas at Dallas

Talmeez F. Burney, earned her Masters degree in Urdu Literature and Linguistics from Karachi University, Pakistan. She is pursuing her second Masters degree in English Literature at University of Texas at Dallas. Her Urdu poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Sada-e-Talibat, Timsaal, Jisarat, and Karwaan magazines. Her English poems have been published in Forces magazine. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and children where she hosts an Urdu radio program Bazm-e-Adab, about Urdu literature. She has also been invited as a guest speaker at Hindi/Urdu Flagship program at University of Texas at Austin.