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River, as a metaphor,

has been used only sparingly in the classical poetry. Mostly, it appears as an image and is used to carry a literal meaning. It is with the modern poets that river acquired a metaphoric, a symbolic, and even a mythic dimension. In these poets, river appears sometimes as a metaphor of destruction while at others as a source of rejuvenation. You would enjoy this selection of verses on river in Urdu poetry.

Jashn-e-Rekhta | 8-9-10 December 2023 - Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate - New Delhi

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