Sohrab Sepehri’s Tomb

Sohrab Sepehri (October 7, 1928 – April 21, 1980) was a notable Persian poet and a painter. He was born in Kashan. He is considered to be one of the five most famous Persian (Iranian) poets who have practiced “New Poetry” (a kind of poetry that often has neither meter nor rhyme). Other practitioners of this form were Nima Youshij, Ahmad Shamlou, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, and Forough Farrokhzad.

Sohrab Sepehri was also one of Iran’s foremost modernist painters. Sepehri died in Pars hospital in Tehran of leukemia. His poetry is full of humanity and concern for human values. He loved nature and refers to it frequently. Well-versed in Buddhism, mysticism and Western traditions, he mingled the Western concepts with Eastern ones, thereby creating a kind of poetry unsurpassed in the history of Persian literature.

To him, new forms were new means to express his thoughts and feelings. His poetry has been translated into many languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish and Russian.

The grave of Sohrab Sepehri is located in Emamzadeh Soltan Seyyed Ali in Mashhad-e Ardahal in Kashan. His tomb was first decorated by turquoise tiles but after a time it was replaced by a white stone by His family.  Some verses of the poem: “Vahei Dar Lahze” of the book “The Green Space” was inscribed on the white stone by Reza Mafi, one of the famous Calligraphers in Iran. The tombstone was replaced again by his current black tombstone in 2008.