BIOGRAPHY

Excerpt from the book ‘Arrival of the Monsoon’

“Bird or hovercraft, your angling skill
proclaims the confidence
of repeated success; you flash
rainbows as you plunge to kill.”

– The Kingfisher

Playwright, translator and pioneering poet of English in Pakistan, Taufiq Rafat (1927- 1998), was the finest verse practitioner of his generation. By postulating the fundamental “Pakistani Idiom” in English writing, he defined the way for subsequent writers and provided a critical framework of serious scholarly application. Born in Sialkot in 1927, Rafat was educated at Deradun, Aligarh, and Government College, Lahore.

His work featured in several OUP collections of Pakistani English poetry, including the early First Voices (1964), Pieces of Eight (1970), Wordfall (1976) and was anthologised abroad in Poems of the Common Wealth, Mentor’s Modern Asian Literature and The Encounter, a leading literary journal of the twentieth century.

Playwright, translator and pioneering poet of English in Pakistan, Taufiq Rafat (1927- 1998), was the finest verse practitioner of his generation. By postulating the fundamental “Pakistani Idiom” in English writing, he defined the way for subsequent writers and provided a critical framework of serious scholarly application. Born in Sialkot in 1927, Rafat was educated at Deradun, Aligarh, and Government College, Lahore.

His work featured in several OUP collections of Pakistani English poetry, including the early First Voices (1964), Pieces of Eight (1970), Wordfall (1976) and was anthologised abroad in Poems of the Common Wealth, Mentor’s Modern Asian Literature and The Encounter, a leading literary journal of the twentieth century.