ANWARI [Auhad-uddin Ali Anwari], Persian poet, was born
in Khorasan early in the 12th century. He enjoyed the especial
favour of the sultan Sinjar, whom he attended in all his warlike
expeditions. On one occasion, when the sultan was besieging
the fortress of Hazarasp, a fierce poetical conflict was maintained
between Anwari and his rival Rashidi, who was within the
beleaguered castle, by means of verses fastened to arrows.
Anwari died at Balkh towards the end of the 12th century. The
Diwan, or collection of his poems, consists of a series of long
poems, and a number of simpler lyrics. His longest piece, The
Tears of Khorassan, was translated into English verse by Captain
Kirkpatrick (see also Persia. Literature).
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