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Mejlis Institute Opens “Music and Meaning in Persian Poetry” Course

Reciting Poetry in a Garden. First quarter of the 17th century.
Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Mejlis Institute will begin it’s 2021 program with a “winter majles,” a series of online meetings designed for lovers of Persian poetry and those who wish to learn to appreciate its beauty. Participants will practice analyzing poems with attention to historical context, lexicology and etymology of individual words, and the poems’ structural composition.There is a particular focus on the musical aspects of poetry; participants will learn to recite poetry with proper rhythms and intonations and to also understand how these elements may help in interpreting the meaning of a poem. The overall syllabus is inspired by mosha’ere, a traditional parlor game, in which each poem recited by a player inspires the next one. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.

The course is aimed at students with an advanced level of Persian and will be conducted primarily in Persian. The course will meet for three weeks, from January 18th to February 5th, 2021, Monday through Friday, for two hours each day. The participation fee is $150. Tuition fees must be paid through an international bank transfer by January 15th, 2021. 100% of the funds collected will be donated to a fundraiser that supports families that have lost their homes, possessions, and livelihoods during the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh. To apply, visit the application webpage

More information is on the website