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Volume 10 : 11 November 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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A Study of the Comparative Elements
in the Poetry of Keats and Ghani Khan

Mian Shah Bacha, Ph.D. Scholar
Bakht Sheema Bibi


Keats and Ghani Khan hold a unique position in literature due to the contribution they have made to the poetry of Pashto and English languages respectively. This paper presents the comparative elements in the poetry of these poets. Both the romantic poets seem to share several similar thoughts in their poetry. Their love for Beauty and Nature, and their concern for the Eternal and Political turmoils are also manifested in their poetry. Escapism is the hallmark of these great poets and, on the wings of their imagination, they seek shelter in the imaginary world from the harsh realities of life, but it does not mean that they do not look at the world realistically. Despite the fact that they lived in two different centuries and that they dwelled in different countries with different cultures, they got so many things similar in their poetry.


This comparative study on Keats and Ghani aims to find the elements of similarity between Ghani Khan and John Keats. Despite the fact that they belong to two diverse cultures, their backgrounds are different and even the times they lived in were different, yet these two giants of literature have got certain things in common. Looking at their poetic works, it is easily seen and felt that both these poets are blessed with the romantic spirit in them.

On the surface, both these poets seem different, i.e., Ghani's use of Pashto language and Keats's use of English. They have almost the same feelings but have used different languages for expression.

John Keats is essentially a poet of love, beauty, nature and life. Imagination was a chief characteristic of Keats' poetry. He roamed in the realm of imagination by his poetic wings and they helped him to be a poet of senses, warmth, expression of sensitive emotions and humanistic feelings. These features kept him away from self-centredeness and selfishness.

Keats was a prophet and staunch believer in beauty. He was also aware of the harsh realities of the world. Similarly, Ghani Khan was a great romantic Pashto poet. He holds an important position in the galaxy of the Pashto poets. His poetry is an expression of the culture, traditions, civilizations, and Pushtoons`way of life. Ghani Khan's romantic bent of mind is fully expressed through the Pashto language.

Like Keats too, Ghani Khan, by his poetic imaginative wings, flies to the world of ecstasy, he talks of the romantic lands of pleasure, and happiness in palaces, music, beloved, masti (wantonness). But he is also aware of the harsh realities of life. Amidst his adoration for love, beauty, life, and poetry, he is also known to be a Crazy Philosopher.

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