A Look at Ritual Poetry after the Revolution

Document Type : Original Article



Just in the same way that the contemporary poets think, the present
article considers only elegies and panegyrics composed for the
Household of Revelation as ritual poetry; and tawhid poetry and liturgies
are out of the scope of the present writing.
According to the studies made, Persian ritual poetry, which is as old as
Persian poetry, has been growing in years after the Islamic Revolution.
Before these years, ritual poetry was mostly limited to the themes taken
from Ashura epic and other ritual themes were not so touched. In the
years under study (1357ـ1390/1978ـ2011) poems were composed
concerning various ritual figures and ritual poets devoted independent
chapters to the Infallibles (PBUT) and Shi’i ritual figures. In the third
decade, a genre of ritual poetry emerged in which a mystical approach
was adopted. This genre was warmly welcomed by the audience. The
other genre which has been seen in the ending years of the above
period is employment of humor which is strikingly expanding. Perhaps
since it is unprecedented or rare, this linguistic genre has drawn interest
of a considerable part of the addressees.