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Daud Kamal 4 January 1935 - 5 December 1987(Urdu: داؤد کمال)) was a Professor of English Literature at University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He was educated at Cambridge University, UK. Kamal started writing poetry in his twenties and became one of the important early English language poets of Pakistan. He received three medals for his poetry from the Triton College and his poems were recorded for the Library of Congress, Washington DC. USA. ‘Remote Beginnings’ and ‘A Selection of Verse’ (ISBN 0-19-577812-X), are his anthologies. He also did translations of the classic Urdu poet Ghalib in English.

Early life[edit]

Born at Abbottabad into an academic family. His father Mohammad Ali, S. Pk, was the Vice Chancellor of the Peshawar University. He got his early education at Burn Hall School in Srinagar and later from the branch of the school in Abbottabad, Pakistan; graduated with distinction from the University of Peshawar; obtained his tripos from the University of Cambridge. Starting off as a lecturer after his return from Cambridge in the late 1960s, Daud Kamal was appointed a Professor of the Department of English, University of Peshawar, later becoming Chairman in 1980 and continuing to serve in this position till his death on December 5, 1987, leaving behind a wife, two daughters and a son.


Daud Kamal published his free verse translation 'Ghalib: Reverberations' in 1970 hailed by many as the best rendering of the master in English. His first collection 'Compass of love and other poems' appeared in 1973. This was followed by 'Recognitions' (1979), 'Selections of Faiz in English' (1984) and 'A Remote Beginning' 1985. Kamal's rendering of Faiz was published in another posthumous edition from India in 1988.

Other collections[edit]

Kamal's work has been posthumously collected and published in the following titles: 'Rivermist' (1992), 'Before the Carnations Wither' (1995) and 'A Selection of Verse' (1997).[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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15 news items

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:20:22 -0800

Daud Kamal was born on January 4, 1935 in Abbottabad. His earliest inspiration came from Burn Hall, Cambridge School in Srinagar, Kashmir where he studied for seven years. “It was that picturesque landscape which haunted him for the rest of his life” ...

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 02:20:21 -0800

Poets (Hasan) Shahid Suharwardy, Ahmed Ali, Itrat Hussain Zuberi, Shahid Hosain, Ghose, Maki Kureshi, Kaleem Omar, Salman Tariq Kureshi, Mansoor Y Sheikh, Nadir Hussain, Taufiq Rafat, Daud Kamal, Alamgir Hashmi, Waqas Ahmad Khwaja, Hina ...

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 16 May 2015 15:07:30 -0700

Pakistan has produced a sizeable number of fiction writers who employ English as their medium but the number of Pakistani poets who compose in English is not a large one. Taufiq Rafat, Daud Kamal, Alamgir Hashmi, and Zulfikar Ghose are the most ...


Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:43:18 -0800

The centre has acquired early photographs and books by the late Daud Kamal, and a huge collection of books, unpublished material, manuscripts and visual images from the Taufiq Rafat Foundation, with the promise of another massive donation of ...
Daily News & Analysis
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:30:27 -0700

The outstanding poetic voices of Taufiq Rafat, Maki Kureishi, Kalim Omar and Daud Kamal have been silenced by mortality and other gifted, elder poets like Adrian Hussain, Farid uddin Riaz, Alamgir Hashmi and Salman Tarik Kureshi are still writing.

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:37:21 -0700

She cites literary stalwarts like Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Moniza Alvi, Maki Qureshi and Daud Kamal as some of her key inspirations. Her own work, however, has a distinct voice and dabbles with a variety of subjects from ...

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:21:29 -0700

The late Pakistani English poet Daud Kamal said it beautifully in one of his poems: See how I have struggled to trap. yesterday's sunlight in a handful of water. I often wonder about the reality or permanence of what we see with our eyes. Is there ...

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Q: Do you agree with the view that Daud Kamal's sensibility has much in common with the poets of the Ghazal? A: At places. But Daud Kamal was largely, and by inclination, an Imagist poet. The metaphor, the image, the symbol were central to creative ...

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