One of the most prolific Urdu poets that the world has known, Mir Taqi Mir was an 18th-century poet in Mughal India. Though he primarily wrote about love, in all its glory and pain, his succinct commentary on Delhi's plundering remains a fine example of history's literary expression. 

Here's a look at the melancholic couplets of a poet many consider to be as great as Mirza Ghalib: 

The true genius of any artist is in the longevity of their art. And Mir's poetry prove that completely. 

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