ghalib poetry

Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib is an all-time famous Urdu language poet. He belonged to the era of the last Mughal emperor. His takhallus was Ghalib. Takhallus means ending. In Urdu poetry a poet usually uses his pen-name in the last couplet (maqta) of each poem. Ghalib poetry is very popular in Pakistan and India. His ghazals are included in textbooks of Urdu in Pakistan. He was born in Agra in a Turk family. His father immigrated to India from Samarkand. Ghalib had two brothers and three sisters. Ghalib married Umrao Begum when he was only 13 years old. He had seven children but all of them died in infancy.

Bhahdur Shah Zafar the second gave him the title of Dabir-ul-Mulk. He also received titles of Najm-ud-daula and Mirza Nosha from the emperor. Ghalid never did any job. He mainly relied on generosity of the emperors and his friends. However after British arrived in India, he lost his source of income. He started writing poetry at an early age of 11. He wrote in Urdu and Persian. However Ghalib poetry is mainly famous for Urdu Ghazals. Mirza Ghalib was also great at writing letters. His letters were in the form of a conversation.

ghalib poetry

Ghalib Poetry

We have listed some famous couplets from Ghalib Poetry:

Aah ko chahiye aik umar asr honay tak

kon jeeta hai teri zulf ke sar honay tak

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Baazicha-e-atfal hai dunya mere aage

Hota hai shab-o-roz tamasha mere aage

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hain aur bhi dunya mein suḳhan-var bahut achey

kahte hain ki ghalib ka hai andaz-e-bayan aur

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hum ko ma’alum hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin

dil ke behlanay ko ghalib ye ḳhayal acha hai

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Bekhudi be-sabab nahi ghalib

kuch tu hai jis ki parda daari hai

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hazaron ḳhwahishein aisa ki har ḳhwahish pe dam nikle

bahut nikle mire armaan lekin phir bhi kam nikle

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kaaba kis munh se jaoge ghalib

sharm tum ko magar nahin aati

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mohabbat mein nahin hai farq jeeney aur marne ka

usi ko dekh kar jeetey hain jis kaafir pe dam nikle

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na tha kuch to ḳhuda tha kuch na hota to ḳhuda hota

Duboya mujh ko hone ne na hota main to kya hota

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qarz ki peetey thay mai lekin samajhte the ki haan

rang laye gi hamari faaqa-masti ek din

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un ke dekhe se jo aa jaati hai munh par ronaq

wo samajhte hain ke bimar ka haal acha hai

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ye na thi hamari qismat ke visaal-e-yaar hota

agar aur jeetey rahte yahi intizaar hota

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Hai kuch aisi hi baat ke chup hun

warna kya baat kar nahi aati

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Umar Bhar Yun Hi Ghalati Kartey Rahey Ghalib
Dhul Chehray Pe Thi Aur Hum Aaina Saaf Kartey Rahey

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Emaan Mujhey Rokey Hai Jo Kheenchey Hai Mujhe Kufr
Ka’ba Mere Peechey Hai, Kaleesa Mere Aage

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Ronay Se Aur Ishq Me Be-baak Ho Gaye
Dhoye Gaye Hum Itne Ke Bus Paak Ho Gaye

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Haadse Kia Kia Tumhari Bey rukhi Se Ho Gaye
Saari Dunya Ke Liye Hum Ajnabi Se Ho gaye

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Nikalna Khld se aadam ka suntey aaye hein laikin

Buht be aabru ho kar tere koochay se hum nikle

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