Sunday, July 19, 2009

Iranian Poet # 1 : Shahriar

Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi (Shahriar) 's statue , Mellat Park, Tehran, Iran

Mohammad Hossein Shahriar (Died on September 18, 1988) , was the first Iranian Azeri to write a significant collection of poetry in the Azerbaijani language. Born in 1906 in Tabriz, he received his elementary education, including the Divan of Hafez, under his father's supervision. Shahriar’s first formal education was at the Motahari (former Mansoor High School) Secondary School in Tabriz. He subsequently studied at the Darolfonun (former higher education school) in Tehran. Although he studied medicine in college, he dropped out just before getting his diploma and went to Khorasan, where he found a job as a notary public and bank clerk. Initially he published his poems under his given name, Behjat, but later chose the name Shahriar.