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Iran's poetess E'tessami congress to start in Tabriz Feb. 28

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (Mehr News Agency) - The international and scientific congress to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the prominent Iranian poetess Parvin E'tessami opens in her birthplace, Tabriz, on Wednesday.

"Parvin along with Shahriar was the most popular poets in our country although they are rarely remembered in the literary gatherings," head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's Poetry Council, Alireza Qazveh, said during a press conference here on Tuesday.

The congress director Manuchehr Akbari, for his part, explained on E'tessami's works, saying although she lived a wealthy life, there is no trace of pleasure in her poetry.

Iranian exerts and scholars along with scores of cultural figures from Tajikistan, Bulgaria, India, Pakistan, and some other states shed light on different aspects of E'tessami's works at the first part of the congress which will culminate in a poetry night on March 3.

The congress will move to Tehran on March 6.

Organized by Tehran's House of Book, the gathering will be accompanied by the second edition of Parvin Book of the Year Award ceremony which is sponsored by the Farakhani Publications.

Arak Islamic Azad University will play host to the third part on March 19 and 20 in collaboration with the city's Education Department and the Governor General's Office.

E'tessami (1907-40) was one of the most prominent Persian poets of the 20th century.

Her father was Mirza Yussef E'tessami. She composed her first poem in classical style, at the age of 8.

Her first collection of poems was published in 1935 and she received the Medal of Art and Culture in 1936.

Her poems had social, humanity, learning and mystic concepts and no sign of love and feminism found in her works, as she lived in Iran's evolution period to modernism.

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