The Urdu Poetry Archive collects ghazals and nazms (see Uma’s Ghazal Page for a good introduction to the genre, and the Novice Nook at the Archive for more information):

Welcome to the Urdu Poetry Archive! Urdu poetry is like a vast ocean. Walking along its shores on the sands of time, I have gathered a few gems that I would like to share with you.

The ghazals and nazms in the Urdu poetry archive have been indexed alphabetically as well as by poet. As of 17th August, 2003 there are 1814 ghazals and nazms by 343 poets in the archive… The ghazals and nazms are written in transliterated Urdu (Urdu written in the English script).

Unfortunately, there are no English translations, but if you’re adventurous you might try using the online Urdu-English dictionaries available at Urdu Poetry Resources (if you know any Persian much of the vocabulary will be familiar), and you might find some translations on the web if you google an author’s name. (Via plep.)


  1. A doctor in Pakistant has started a thread in the Yahoo Bulletin Boards on the topic of Urdu poetry.
    Here is the URL:

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