Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Imam Ali Khamenei called on poets to focus on poems satirizing the contemporary world’s strange and bitter facts, such as the US partnership with Saudi Arabia or the kingdom’s election to the UN women’s rights commission.
A group of cultural figures, professors of the Persian literature and poetry, young and veteran Iranian poets, as well as poets from India, Afghanistan, and Turkey had a meeting with Imam Khamenei in Tehran on Saturday night.
During the meeting, held on the occasion of Shiite Muslims’ second imam, Hassan al-Mujtaba’s (AS) birth anniversary, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Imam Ali Khamenei said a number of major political issues in the modern world have not been given due attention by the poets.
What is going on in Syria or the developments in Iraq merit thousands of poems, the Leader stressed, adding, “Many people are uninformed about what purposes the Americans were pursuing in Iraq and how they (Americans) came up against a stone wall.”
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Imam Ali Khamenei then emphasized the necessity for “satirizing poems” about the odd things in today’s world, pointing to cases such as the representatives of “the modern ignorance and the tribal ignorance” performing sword dance together, or election of a government like Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.