Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Dying Daffodils by Hamza Hassan Sheikh
“Sensuous poems with a voice for humanity.”
Dying Daffodils is the 3rd collection of poems by Hamza Hassan Sheikh. Dying Daffodils is a collection of fifty-five poems on multiple themes of love, nature, social issues, peace, humanity as well as voice against terrorism, violence and atrocities.
About the Author
Hamza Hassan Sheikh is a forceful young romantic poet and a novelist from Pakistan. He is famous for his love poems and lyrics of romance. Hamza was born in D.I.Khan, the city located on the bank of the Indus River. He passed his early childhood in this city. He got his early education from the government school of his hometown. His educational career kept in progress from one institute to another. After his Bachelor, he moved towards Islamabad for higher education. During his stay at the university, he participated in the extra-curricular activities. He was also the editor of the literary journals of school, college and university. Hamza Hassan completed his Masters in English Language and Literature from NUML in 2008 and secured his MS/M.Phil degree in English Language and Literature. He has also completed a Masters in Pakistan Studies. In addition; he is a creative writer, a novelist, poet and short-story writer recognized with a pen name of Hamza Hassan Sheikh. He is an author of 10 books, 5 each both in English and Urdu languages. The different editions of his books have been published in Pakistan, India and USA. He is first ever English novelist and short-story writer from his province KPK. He has more than 20 honorary certificates on his credit in different creative writing competitions and extra-curricular activities. He has presented his papers and poems in many national and international conferences and literature festivals and therefore visited Iran and India. His poems and short-stories have also been published in different international anthologies and yearbooks in China, Taiwan, UK, USA, India and Australia.
His first collection of poems Some Moments of Love appeared in 2004. The book consisted of 45 short and long poems glittering with different romantic themes. The book was highly appreciated in the literary circles. His book was regarded as the evidence of revivification of romanticism and reinvention of the romantic symbols, imagery, subjectivism, joyous and painful thoughts, unfulfilled desires, pangs, perforations and ecstasy of a lover. Some Moments of Love played a vital role in the literary career and fame of the poet. The book was not only appreciated in Pakistan, but it was highly recommended in India, England, Japan and News Zealand. His poems have also been translated into Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other regional languages. In 2009, his second collection of poems Museum of Reminiscence appeared. In 2010, his debut novel Thirst All Around was published and in 3 years its editions have been published from Pakistan, India and U.S.A. In 2013, his first collection of Short Stories Rolling Gems and a collection of translated poems of Amrita Pritam Splashes of Moonlight appeared. His first collection of Urdu short-stories (Fiction) Kaaghaz appeared in 2014. In 2015, his third collection of poetry, Dying Daffodils appeared. He is also the author of 3 collections of Urdu Short stories for the children which published in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
1) Some Moments of Love (Poetry-2004/2013)
2) Museum of Reminiscence (Poetry- 2009/2013)
3) Thirst All Around (Novel-2010/2011/2013)
4) Rolling Gems (Short-Stories- 2013)
5) Splashes of Moonlight (Translation of Amrita Pritam’s Punjabi poems- 2013)
6) Kaaghaz (Short-Stories-2014)
7) Matti Ki Khushboo (Children Short-Stories-2006)
8) Aakash Ka Jhoomar (Children Short-Stories-2007)
9) Bin Pankh Ke Panchi (Children Short-Stories-2008
10) Dying Daffodils (Poetry-2015)
1) Postcolonial perspective: The Elements of Colonialism in Khadija Mastoor’s Novel “AANGAN”
2) Male chauvinism in film Pinjir: A Semiotic Analysis
3) Post-Colonialism in novel/film Pinjir: A Semiotic Study
Awards: National Book Foundation Award
Frang Bardhi Literary Award (2015)
Area of Interest: Poetry, Novel, Creative Writings, Post-Colonial Studies, Comparative Literature.