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Tazkira Definition

A Tazkira is a list of names that is often called a collection, with a biography written about each poet. The Tazkira does not often give the style of each poet, which leaves readers confused about what each poet would write about. The term Tazkira is an Arabic form used for admonition which is given to each poet within a particular list. The best Tazkira's will have biographical data about each poet or at least the style in which each poet wrote. The names can be listed in either alphabetical or historical order. The Tazkira normally quotes only the lyrics or words of each poem with no illustrations given.

Tazkira poems can fall under many categories including faith, emotions, feelings, celebration, appreciation, beauty, animal, creation, birthday, fun etc. Some of the best Tazkira poems include: "Poor Cinderella","Martyr's Paradise", "I Need To Walk Away", "Baqreid The Second Edition" and "Nature's Beauty Pageant." 


Tazkira, biographical anthology, almost always of poetry alone. This is often a mere collection of names with a line or two of information about each poet, followed by specimen of his composition. On the other hand it may be the history of Urdu poetry with copious illustrative extracts. The best tazkiras give biographical details, but fail in literary criticism, and we get little idea of style or poetical power, still less of contents of poems. Even the large anthologies do not systematically review an author's work. Most of them have the names in alphabetical order, but one or two prefer historical order. The majority quote only lyrics, and the quotations, usually chosen at random, do not illustrate poetry.

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