The vanishing guesthouse : admonition and asceticism in the poetry of Naz̤īr Akbarābādī
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This essay considers and then addresses the treatment of the eighteenth century Urdu poet Naz̤īr Akbarābādī within the Urdu poetics tradition. The essay identifies and then analyzes the themes of admonition (`ibrat) and asceticism in the poetry of Naz̤īr who is often reduced to the status of merely a bāzārī awāmmi shā`ir (a market or a commoner‘s poet) and who lacks sophistication of thought or intellectual depth and therefore not given his due consideration in the Urdu 'canon'. In carrying forth the aforementioned aim, the paper shall not rely on a linear or a chronological trajectory of of Naz̤īr‘s poetry (which really is not exactly traceable anyway). Instead the concern will be more or less on upholding the topical focus of the essay which is of addressing Naz̤īr‘s image as a poet especially in the light of diversity of themes that are manifest in his oeuvre and which have been and continue to be unjustifiably ignored by critics and editors from Naz̤īr‘s own time to present day.