Mahmoud Moshref Azad Tehrani (Tehran, December 9, 1934 – Tehran, January 19, 2006) was a contemporary Persian poet with M. Azad(م. آزاد) as his pen name. Some of his poems have been sung by Iranian singers. Gol-e Bagh-e Ashenaii (literally the flower of acquaintance garden) is one of his most famous poems.
M. Azad has four collections of poems: Diar-e Shab (The land of night), Aaineh ha Tohist (The mirrors are empty), Ghasideh-ye Boland-e Baad, (The long ode of wind) and, Ba Man Toloo Kon (Rise with me) and a collection of poems, with the title of Gole Baaghe Aashnaai, published in year 2000, comprising 482 pieces from above books and 108 new pieces.
The tree of life, a collection of Rumi's poems re-written in plain Persian for young Iranians
Afsaneh-ye Shahan va Pahlevanan, (The myth of kings and heroes). (The whole series of Afsaneh-ye Shahan va Pahlavanan were completed by Mr. Moshref Azad before his life ended. The first volume was published when Azad was alive and the rest of the series to be published in near future.)
Contemporary Persian and Classical Persian are the same language, but writers since 1900 are classified as contemporary. At one time, Persian was a common cultural language of much of the non-Arabic Islamic world. Today it is the official language of Iran, Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.
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