The residence of acclaimed Iranian poet Nima Yooshij turned into the Museum of Modern Iranian Poetry, which opened on November 13.
Iranart: The opening ceremony was held in the presence of the head of the Tehran City Council, Mehdi Chamran, and chairman of the council’s Health, Environment and Urban Services Committee, Mehdi Pirhadi, ISNA reported.
The head of Tehran Landscaping Organization, Barzin Zarghami, had previously said that the residence in northern Tehran was purchased from a private owner on April 10, 2019 after 19 years of negotiations.
The owner had abandoned the house for several years. However, the municipality began restoring the building to its former glory and turn it into a cultural place.
The house’s ceiling and attic have been renovated and its columns and yard were restored.
Great attempts were made to keep the historical and cultural value of the building, adding that restoration of such buildings is done jointly with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
Known as the father of modern Persian poetry, Yooshij was born Ali Esfandiari. He gained great acclaim for making Iranian verse more accessible and freer in form and subject matter.
Born on November 11, 1897 in Yoosh, a village in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran, Nima rose to fame because of ushering in a movement in Persian poetry called ‘She’r-e No’ or ‘New Poetry’.
Nima died of pneumonia at his house in Tehran in 1960. This famous poet was laid to rest in Yoosh.
Source: Iran Daily