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Mammad Araz

Mammad Araz
Stamps of Azerbaijan, 2013-1119.jpg
Mammad Araz on Azerbaijani stamp
Born Mammad Ibrahimov
(1933-10-14)October 14, 1933
Nursu, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
Died December 1, 2004(2004-12-01) (aged 71)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation Poet
Language Azerbaijani
Genre Poetry
Notable works
  • If There Were No War
  • The World is Yours, The World is Mine

Mammad Araz (Azerbaijani: Məmməd Araz) (14 October 1933 in Nursu, Nakhchivan – 1 December 2004 in Baku, Azerbaijan), born Mammad Ibrahimov, was an Azerbaijani poet. Araz, his pen name, identifies the river that became the border separating present-day Azerbaijan and Iran when Azerbaijan was divided more than 180 years ago.[1][2]

Early life

In 1954, he graduated degrees in Geography from Azerbaijan's Pedagogical Institute. Araz has also worked on the editorial offices of Maarif Publication House in Baku, Ulduz Magazine (1967–1970), Literature and Art newspaper (1970–1972) and Azerbaijan State Publication House (1972–1974). He has also worked long time as editor of "Nature of Azerbaijan" magazine since 1974.[3]

Poetry

Plaque on building where Mammad Araz lived in Baku

He is also the author of "The World is Yours, The World is Mine" (Dunya Sanin, Dunya Manim) poem, which was lyrics of very popular music hit in Azerbaijan in 90s. The first book of poems of him called "Love song" (in Azerbaijan-Sevgi nəğməsi) was published in 1959 by "Azerneshr".

Mammad Araz's manuscript - Baku 1992

Some of Araz's famous works include:

  • If There Were No War
  • The World is Yours, The World is Mine
  • The Sound Written on the Rocks
  • Father of Three Sons
  • Come on, Rise Up, Azerbaijan!(1992)[4]

His works published in English by Betty Blair such as:

If There Were No War (1956)

If there were no war,
We could construct a bridge between Earth and Mars
Melting weapons in an open-hearth furnace.
If there were no war,
The harvest of a thousand years could grow in one day.
Scientists could bring the moon and stars to Earth.

Recognition

Araz has been recognized with the following awards: Honored Culture Worker of Azerbaijan (1978), Laureate of Republican State Award (1988) and "Istiglal" (Independence) Order.[5]

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