He was born in Hamadan, the son of Hajj Sayed Abolghasam Kordestani; he learned French in the Ecole d'Alliance, and moved to Istanbul for a while. He is particularly famous for writing the opera Rastakhiz Iran (Resurrected Iran), which was a reflection of his patriotic spirit.
After returning to Iran and spending time with his family in Tehran, he published newspapers in which he fiercely attacked the political system of Iran. He is remembered for writing six plays; his Noruz nameh is particularly famous. He also published a paper called Twentieth Century and predicted his early death repeatedly.
- Operay-e-Rastakhiz-e-Mehr-e-Yaran (Written in Istanbul)
- Kafan-e-Siah or Black Shroud (Written in Tehran)
- Resurrected Iranian Kings (Written in Istanbul)
The poem "one must shit" is one of his fieriest and most famous works where he severely criticizes the political environment of the time in a very harsh language. Here is the first few lines of the poem.
After this, on the homeland and its territory one must shit. On such parliament and all its glory one must shit.
If the path to justice is really through the doors of these courts, on such justice and on their walls and doors one must shit.
The one who has sank Iran up to her waste in feces, in revenge on him up to his waste one must shit.
The father of the Iranian nation if is this fatherless, on such nation and the soul of its father one must shit.
- Aryanpour, Yahya (1993). From Saba To Nima: 150 Years History Of Persian Literature 2. Zavvar Publications. p. 364.
- Zabih, Sepehr (September 1982). "Aspects of Terrorism in Iran". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. International Terrorism (Sage Publications) 463: 84–94. doi:10.1177/0002716282463001007. JSTOR 1043613.
- Aryanpour, Yahya (1993). From Saba To Nima: 150 Years History Of Persian Literature 2. Zavvar Publications. pp. 364–365.
- Photograph of Eshghi's gravestone: [dead link]
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