TEHRAN – The Sarbedaran Commander Poetry Congress honored the best works in its first edition on Thursday at Vahdat Hall in Tehran.
The Poetry Congress was initiated by the Arts Bureau of the Islamic Ideology Diffusion Organization to salute Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani for his bravery during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, known as the Sacred defense in Iran.
In classical Persian poetry, “O Persian Pious” by Gholamreza Kafi won first prize, while “Loneliness at 1:20” by Hassan Zarnaqi, “Continuation of Ashura” by Zahra Mohaddesi and “Tell in Which Place of the Red Night ”by Alireza Rajabalizadeh was selected as runner-up.
No poem in this category was able to obtain the points necessary to win the third prize.
No poem could take first or second place in the white verse poetry category, while “White Tongue” by Fahimeh Qaedi and “Have Seen a Sunflower” by Masumeh Sadat Shakeri took third prize.
General Soleimani’s family, a number of prominent figures from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and literate groups attended the closing ceremony of the congress.
Speaking at the ceremony, Soleimani’s daughter Zeinab said: “People who knew Hajji Qassem know well that he was truly passionate about poetry and literature.”
“We are about to commemorate the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Hajji Qassem and today’s meeting is a small step towards remembering the greatest examples of his humanity and efforts,” she added. .
“The martyrdom of the hero of the Ummah will be recorded as a great honor in the history of Iran and a black mark against the American terrorist regime,” she noted.
The winning poems were selected from around 450 submissions by a jury made up of Congress President Morteza Amiri-Esfandaqeh, Saeid Yusefnia and Mostafa Mohaddes Khorasani.
Earlier in September, Amiri-Esfandaqeh said the team had been ordered to do their work without any leniency or laxity, and added: “Regarding the emotions and feelings of all the poets participating in this meeting, we will do our best to prevent any superficial poems from being selected for the collection.
“The meeting also intends to collect the best poems on the great courage shown by the martyr Soleimani during the first days of the war,” said Amiri-Esfandaqeh.
“The poems should be as perfect as its heroism,” he noted and added: “This congress will help to strengthen the poetry of the revolution. ”
The congress plans to publish the selected poems in a book.
Photo: IRGC Deputy Commander Ali Fadavi and Zeinab Soleimani unveil a poster for the inaugural Sarbedaran Commander’s Poetry Congress at Vahdat Hall in Tehran on December 9, 2021 (Fars / Mohammad-Mehdi Dorani)
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