Daud Kamal

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Daud Kamal
Born(1935-01-04)January 4, 1935
DiedMay 12, 1987(1987-05-12) (aged 52)
Occupation(s)Poet, Professor of English language
SpouseParveen Daud Kamal

Daud Kamal (4 January 1935 - 5 December 1987) (Urdu: داؤد کمال)) was a Pakistani poet who wrote most of his work in the English language.[1]

His poetry was influenced by modernist English-language poets like Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Abbottabad in 1935, the son of Chaudhry Mohammad Ali, who served as the vice-chancellor of the University of Peshawar,[3] and was the founder of the Jinnah College for Women in 1964,[4] he received his early education from the Burn Hall Abbottabad there followed by Burn Hall Srinagar, before going to the Islamia College Peshawar.[5] Then, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Peshawar and the Tripos from the University of Cambridge in England.[6]

For 29 years, he also had served as a teacher and chairman of University of Peshawar's Department of English.[1]


  • Remote Beginnings[1]
  • Compass of love and other poems[1]
  • Recognitions[1]
  • Before the Carnations Wither[1]

Professor Daud Kamal also translated from Urdu into English some selected poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

It has been said that during the 1970s he won "three gold medals in three international poetry competitions sponsored by the Triton College, U.S.A."[7]

He received the Faiz Ahmed Faiz award in 1987 and a posthumous Pride of Performance award in 1990 from the President of Pakistan.[6]


Professor Daud Kamal died in the United States on 5 December 1987. Later he was buried in the cemetery of the same university where he taught for 29 years, University of Peshawar's graveyard in front of the Pashto Academy.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Shinwari, Sher Alam (6 December 2014). "English poet late Professor Daud Kamal paid tribute for his literary work". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  2. ^ Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan, vol. 32, p. 67
  3. ^ Daud Kamal, Four contemporary poets : English translation of Urdu poems, 1992, p. 134
  4. ^ "Genesis of University of Peshawar"
  5. ^ Muneeza Shamsie, A Dragonfly in the Sun: An Anthology of Pakistani Writing in English, Oxford University Press (1997), p. 82
  6. ^ a b c "Celebrating the unsung: After the carnations wither". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 5 December 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  7. ^ Ikram Azam, Literary Pakistan, Nairang-e-Khayal Publications (1989), p. 86