Nima Yushij (1896–1960, Iran), considered the father of modern Persian poetry

Nima Yushij (1896–1960, Iran), considered the father of modern Persian poetry

When Nima Yushij was writing poems in the 1920s, he inherited aesthetic conventions that were over 1,000 years old. Determined to make his poems reflect contemporary experience and natural speech, he introduced radical innovations in both form and content. His experimental work earned followers gradually, but ultimately changed the course of Iranian poetry. His poems are known today as the first examples of she’r-e no, “new poetry.”