Homosexuality & Civilization

An archive of poetry, pictures, history, and quotes dedicated to queer individuals before the year 1900.

The title is an homage to a book by Louis Crompton, but the blog will contain content expressing all forms of sexuality and gender identity.

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Above: Illustration by Shanawaz Alam Ahmed, International Exhibition of Calligraphy.
The calligraphy forming this gazelle contains lines of poetry from 18th century Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, a master of ghazal poetry, a form with rhyming couplets and a refrain.
Ghazal poetry was often tied to illicit, unattainable love, be it for a male poet writing to another man or to a woman who was already married. The ‘gazelle’ in question was the person who the poet showed affection for.

Above: Illustration by Shanawaz Alam Ahmed, International Exhibition of Calligraphy.

The calligraphy forming this gazelle contains lines of poetry from 18th century Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, a master of ghazal poetry, a form with rhyming couplets and a refrain.

Ghazal poetry was often tied to illicit, unattainable love, be it for a male poet writing to another man or to a woman who was already married. The ‘gazelle’ in question was the person who the poet showed affection for.

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