Abu'l Hasan Mihyar al-Daylami
Abu'l Hasan Mihyar al-Daylami (died 1037) was a Persian poet from Daylam during the Buyid period. Mihyar's poetry was dominated by metaphor, and he wrote in various poetic genres including ghazal, as well as writing elegies on Ali and Husayn ibn Ali.
A former Zoroastrian, Mihyar was converted to Shia Islam by his teacher who was also poet. Ibn Khallikan narrates that despite embracing Islam, Mihyar was harshly rebuked by an acquaintance for reviling the companions of Muhammad.
Ibn Khallikan, who said Mihyar's works were so high in number that it fills four volumes, opined that Mihyar's writings "displayed great delicacy of thought and a remarkable loftiness of mind." However, Mihyar's poetic style was criticized for being "artificial and derivative."
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