chapter  11
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Poet-laureate Bahar in the constitutional era

Bahar is generally regarded as the last distinguished poet writing within the structure of classical Persian prosody, although much of his living poetry is freshly modern in substance, use of words and figures of speech. Apart from that, he was active in the constitutional era, 1905-25, as a journalist and Majlis deputy. In this chapter it will be shown that, in politics, he was distinguished by his habitual moderation, his open opposition to chaos, his non-sentimentalist approach to popular and constitutional politics, and his belief in strong government so long as it worked within the spirit of the constitution.