Fereydoon Moshiri was born in September 1926 in Tehran to a family that was known to have a
legacy of poetry. His school years were divided between Tehran
and Mashhad where his father held administrative posts.
With the outbreak of the world war II the family moved to Tehran and the
young Moshiri continued his education in Dar-ol-Fonoon and then in Adib
high school. Throughout these years his first poems appeared in progressive
journals such as Iran-e-Ma. This was the beginning of a career in
literary journalism that continued for more than thirty years. In 1946
Moshiri joined the Iranian department of Telecommunication where he
served till retirement. In 1954 Moshiri married Eghbal Akhavan, then a
student painting at Tehran University. Their
daughter and son, Bahar and Babak both are now architects in Iran.
Moshiri's first volume of poetry titled "Teshne-ye Toofan"
(Thirsty for the Storm) was published in 1955. His poems with its earthy
lyrical nature received wide attention among the readers, and had an
inspiring effect on a generation of younger poets. Through the later
years, Moshiri continued to have a major influence on development of modern
poetry in Iran.
Later works which were published under the titles "Abr-o-Koocheh"
(Cloud and The Alley, 1962), and "Bahar Ra Bavar Kon" (Believe
The Spring, 1967) embraced a wide variety of universal concepts ranging from
humanistic considerations to social justice.
Moshiri is best known as conciliator of classical Persian poetry at one
side with the New Poetry initiated by Nima Yooshij at the other side. One
of the major contributions of Moshiri's poetry, according to some
observers, is the broadening of the social and geographical scope of
modern Persian literature.