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Aref Qazvini's memoirs on Constitutional Movement published

TEHRAN, Feb. 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- Personal memoirs of the Iranian national poet Aref Qazvini on the Constitutional Movement were recently published by Nashr-e Sokhan Publications.

Aref Qazvini

Compiled by Mehdi Nurmohammadi, the book contains Aref's memories of Iran's Constitutional Movement inscribed during his trip to Lorestan in the year 1926.

Abolqassem Aref Qazvini (1882- 1934) was an Iranian poet, lyricist, and musician. He was a revolutionary during the Iranian Constitutional Movement and composed many political and pro-revolutionary songs.

Iran's Constitutional Movement took place between 1905 and 1911. The movement led to the establishment of a parliament in Iran.

Aref began to compose his memoirs of the Constitutional Movement in Lorestan and took them home with him when he returned to Qazvin. He died in Hamedan in 1934 but left his writings to a friend named Hassan Eqbali. The manuscripts were handed over to Ali Eqbali after Hassan's death, said Nurmohammadi, adding that he took the writings from Ali and worked on them for four years.

"Most of the writings contain memoirs among which several poems are also interspersed," he added.

Nurmohammadi has also discovered more of Aref's poetry which will be published along with the complete divan of the poet and his letters later on in a book.

Aref was born in Qazvin. He learned Persian and Arabic in Qazvin. He was well versed in nastaliq calligraphy and also used to play music.

His lyrics on the Constitutional Movement helped the movement progress. He continued to compose national poetry until his death in Hamedan at the age of 52.


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