Narration Techniques in Akhavan’s Narrative Poems



Narrative style is the main feature of Mehdi Akhavan Sales (1928-1990), one of the famous contemporary Persian poets. But what gives a special prominence to his narrative poems and makes it distinct from the works of other contemporary poets is his idiosyncratic use of narrative techniques and methods. He employed in his works the element of narration in a distinctive manner. Although, the narrative techniques mostly appear in his poems, they have been used in a way that they never distort the essence of his poems. In his works, techniques of narrative are at the service of the poetry, rather than the poetry being at the service of narrative. Characterization, dialogue, creation an ambiance/atmosphere, creation or using myths, applications of symbols and symbolic language are narration techniques being discussed, in this article, to indicate their special functions.