Nader Naderpour: How Rennaissance inspired Iran's Constitutional Revolution


Nader Naderpour: How Rennaissance inspired Iran's Constitutional Revolution
by Darius Kadivar

Iranian Poet and Intellectual Nader Naderpour draws parallels between the Constitutional Movement and the European Renaissance and how they inspired democratic thought in their respective societies in their bid to part from the Dark Ages and promote Modernity. Introduced by Esmail Nooriala

Nader Naderpour on the Iran's Constitutional Revolution and European Rennaissance(1996) Introduced by Esmail Nooriala:

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The late Iranian poet, historian, philosopher and constitutionalist Nader Naderpour explains how slogans such as "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" took root in Iran with the Islamic Revolution slowly replacing inthe political rhetoric Persia's traditional foes which initially were Great Britain and Russia.






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About the Program:

This is the nineth program of a series called "In the Realm of Culture"(Dar Pishgaah e Farhang) in Persian and broadcast by AFNL TV Satellite network.Here, To coomemorate Iran's great poet, Nader Naderpour,one of his lectures in1996 is presented here.

About Nader Naderpour

Nader Naderpour (June 6, 1929 - February 18, 2000) was an Iranian-born poet.

Born to artistically and culturally educated parents in Tehran, Naderpour was sent to Europe upon completion of his secondary education to study literature at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1950. On his return to Iran, he took up a position in the Department of Arts and Culture. Meanwhile he became Editor-in-Chief of themonthly journal Honar va Mardom.Nader published his first poems in the 1940s and completed four collections bythe 1970s. In 1957, Naderpour married Shahla Hirbod, and they had one daughter,Poupak. The couple separated in 1961.

In 1964, he went to Rome where he studied Italianlanguage and literature. In 1968, Naderpour became one of the founding membersof the Association of Writers of Iran. After returning to Iran in 1971, he took over as the director of "Goroohe Adabe Emrooz" (Contemporary Literature Department) in the Iranian National Radio and Television, where he directed many programs on the life and works of contemporary literary figures. He also served as editor at the magazine Namayesh. Naderpour fled the Iranian Revolution in 1980 for France and resided there until 1987. He was elected to France's Authors Association,and participated in several conferences and gatherings. In 1987, he moved to California. During his residence inthe United States, Naderpour gave several speeches and lectures at Harvard University,Georgetown University,UCLA, and UC Berkeley. He was an imagist, a musician and a wordsmith in one. A classic poet living in a modern world, in a modern style. He was regarded as one of the leaders of the movement of "New Poetry" in Iran and among other Persian speakers in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan. He published ninecollections of poems, many of them translated into English, French, German, andItalian. Naderpour's poetry is rich in imagery and deeply imbedded in the texture of Persian language.

Naderpour was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was awarded the Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grantin 1993. In 1984, he married Jaleh Bassiri, to whom he dedicated his last collection of poems.

He died in Los Angeles in 2000 and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.Following his death, his widow established The Nadorpour Foundation in LosAngeles in his memory.

Books published by Nader Naderpour

Eyes and Hands(1954)

Daughter of the Cup(1955)

The Grape Poem(1958)

Collyrium of the Sun(1960)

Not Plant and Stone, But Fire (1978)

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (1978)

The Last Supper(1978)

False Dawn (1982)

Blood and Ash (1989)

Earth and Time(1996)

Official Website:

Site dedicated to this poet

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