Selected poetry of hundreds of poets
Abdul Ghafoor Nassakh
Prominent poet of classical mould from Nengal, known for his 'Tazkira 'Sukhan-e-Shoara'.
Abroo Shah Mubarak
One of the founding fathers of Urdu poetry, contemporary of Meer Taqi meer.
Aftab Shah Alam Sani
Mughal emperor, who introduced Urdu poetry in the Red Fort and his court.
Agha Hajju Sharaf
Prominent Lucknow poet who was very close to the royal family. Moved to Kolkota and stayed with Hamid Ali Kaukab, the Crown prince of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in exile.
Agha Shayar Qazalbash
One of the prominent later classical Delhi poets. Desciple of Dagh Dehlavi.
One of the most vocal critics of Ghalib's poetic style.
Famous for his musical play 'Inder Sabha', contemporary of the last Nawab of Avadh, wajid Ali Shah.
First Poet of Rekhta/Hindvi. Musician and Disciple of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. Known for his "pahelis", which form part of Indian folklore. He is famous for inventing two most important musical instruments tabla & sitar. Wrote "Ze-hal-e-miskin…" one of the earliest prototypes of Urdu ghazal written in Persian & Hindvi.
Eminent Urdu Poet and contemporary of Dagh Dehlvi. Famous for penning ghazal "Sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab aahista aahista".
Ashraf Ali Fughan
One of the prominent 18th Century poets / Contemporary to Mir Taqi Mir
Bahadur Shah Zafar
Last Mughal Emperor and contemporary of Ghalib and Zauq.
Parsi religious scholar who deeply absorbed Urdu literary traditions and wrote poetry in Urdu and Persian
Baqar Agah Vellori
Prominent classical poet of South India
Bashiruddin Ahmad Dehlvi
Prominent literary figure known for his monumental book on Delhi's history
Bayan Ahsanullah Khan
Leading classical Urdu poet. Contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.
One of the most powerful campaigners of Hindi revivalism who wrote Urdu ghazals in classical style.
Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).
One of the most prominent Urdu poets of pre-Mir era, who laid the foundation of Urdu poetry
Prominent Sufi poet for whom Mirza Ghalib had great devotion
Goya Faqir Mohammad
Prominent desciple of Nasikh who served in the armies of Maratha ruler Yashwant Rao Holkar at Indore and Ghaziuddin Haider, Nawab of Awadh
Haidar Ali Aatish
Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib, Aatish was one of the shining stars of 19th century Urdu Ghazal.
Barrister-at-law practising at Hyderabad, desciple of Jalil Manikpuri. Wrote many Thumris.
Prominent Contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir who had written a Masnavi called 'Khwab e Hasrat'.
Hatim Ali Mehr
Prominent Contemporary poet and a friend of Mirza Ghalib. He was also a High Court lawyer who also served as Honorary Magistrate at Agra
Imam Bakhsh Nasikh
One of the most prominent and trend-setter classical poets from Lucknow. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.
Insha Allah Khan 'Insha'
One of most firebrand poets of Lucknow. Contemporary of Meer Taqi Meer. His rivalry with Mushafi is well-recorded. He had also written rekhta poetry and 'Raani Ketki ki kahani" in prose.
Jafar Ali Hasrat
Prominent contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir. Known for depiction of physicality in his romantic poetry
Prominent contemporary of Mir taqi Mir writing poetry at far-off Azimabad in Delhi style
Jurat Qalandar Bakhsh
Known for depicting romantic encounters with the beloved in lurid details. Lost his eye sight in the prime of youth
Khan Arzoo Sirajuddin Ali
Most prominent linguist and lexicologist, mentor of Mir and Mir Dard
Khwaja Meer 'Dard'
Sufi poet, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir, known for his deep knowledge of Indian music.
Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar
Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib, famous for many of his oft-quoted shers.
Mah Laqa Chanda
First woman Urdu poet who compiled a divan.
Mazhar Mirza Jaan-e-Janaan
Religious scholar of Sufistic temperament who was assassinated due to religious reasons
Prominent contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir, younger brother of Mir Dard.