Raghupati Sahay better known under his pen name Firaq Gorakhpuri was a writer, critic, and, according to one commentator, one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India. He established himself among peers including Muhammad Iqbal, Yagana Changezi, Jigar Moradabadi and Josh Malihabadi. He was selected for the Provincial Civil Service (P.C.S.) and the Indian Civil Service (I.C.S.), but he resigned to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-cooperation movement, for which he went to jail. Later, he joined Allahabad University as a lecturer in English literature, which has in the past given us talented poets like Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Dushyant Kumar Tyagi. Born to a family of aristocrats, Firaq started writing Urdu poetry in his teens and developed his own style of poetry in an era that was marked by the likes of Sahir, Iqbal, Faiz, and Kaifi. In his autobiography, Yaadon ki Baraat, the poet Josh Malihabadi wrote that after Mir and Ghalib, Firaq is the greatest Urdu poet of India.
Here are 17 exceptional Firaq Gorakhpuri shayaris to give your soul some calm: