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Musaddas Definition

Musaddas is a type of poem of six verses. Just like any other poem, this one also consists of stanzas. The word “musaddas” has been derived from the Arabic root for 6 “s-d-s”. What makes it different from other Urdu poetry genres is the fact that its rhyme scheme is aaaabb ccccdd eeeeff.

The most famous example of Musaddas poem is the Musaddas of Hali. This is a book-length poem written about the rise and decline of Muslin civilization. The usage, metaphor, and context are key in this type of poem. And since this is an Urdu poem, it will be literally impossible to understand the meaning of different verses if you don’t know the implicit metaphors of this tradition.

For historical reasons, most of the marsiyas (elegies about Karbala Incident) are written in the form of Musaddas. However, this is not universally correct. This poem is best seen as a distinct genre that’s used for long poems that contain topical content.


Musaddas is a type of Urdu poem in which each unit or stanza consists of 6 lines and which can be a sestain or repetitive unit of a poem. The word “ musaddas ” has been derived from the Arabic root for 6 “s- d-s ”. What makes it different from other Urdu poetry genres is the fact that its rhyme scheme is  aaaabb   ccccdd   eeeeff  Urdu poet and a writer Maulana Altaf Husain Hali is the most famous poet of this form of poetry. 

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