The voice of Karl Marx

This is a good poem by Allama Iqbal about Karl Marx.

The world does not like tricks and
Of science and wit nor, their contests
This age does not like ancient thoughts,
From core of hearts their show detests.

O wise economist, the books you write
Are quite devoid of useful aim:
They have twisted lines with orders strange
No warmth for labour, though they claim.

The idol houses of the West,
Their schools and churches wide
The ravage caused for, greed of wealth
Their wily wit attempts to hide.

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3 Responses to “The voice of Karl Marx”

  1. superb translation – I have read this in Urdu – btw who translated it?

  2. It’s translated by Syed Akbar Ali Shah. You can find the collection at: http://www.allamaiqbal.com/works/poetry/urdu/zarb/translation/index.htm

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