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Mohammad Hossein Shahriar

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Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi (Persian: سید محمدحسین بهجت تبریزی)‎ (1906-18 September 1988), chiefly known by his pen name as Shahriar (or Shahryar / Shahriyar شهریار), was an Iranian poet of Azeri descent, writing in Persian and Azerbaijani.

Shahriar published his first book of poems in 1929, with prefaces by Mohammad Taghi Bahar, Saeed Nafisi, and Pezhman Bakhtiari. His poems are mainly influenced by Hafez. His most famous poem Heydar-Baabaayaa Salaam, in Azerbaijani, is considered to be among the best modern poems in the language and has been turned into a few plays.

His most famous Azeri work Heydar Babaya Salam, Published in 1954, won the immense affection of the Turkish world.

His day of death is named the “national day of poem” in Iran. A television series about his life was directed by Kamal Tabrizi and aired on IRIB channel 2.

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