Mahsati Ganjavi-XII century Azery poetess. There is a little information
about her life. There exists a number of controversial suggestions concerning
Mahsati: Was she really a historical personality? Did she live before
or after Omar Khayyam? Where was she born?
The recent researches showed that Mahsati was born at the end of XIth
century in Ganja, received perfect education, closely acquainted with
the Eastern literature and music.
The most productive period of creation she spent in palace of Sultan Mahmud
Seldjuk and his uncle Sanjar Seldjuk's palace.Mahsati Ganjavi commonly
wrote rubai on Percian language.
Mahsati Ganjavi was a
famous rubai writer not only in her epoch, but much more later. The love
plot holds the main place in her creations. The rubais are marked out
by their wordliness, humanism, epicurism and optimism. Mahsati Ganjavi
describes love as a fragile natural feeling which makes a man's fame higher.
The poetess protested against religious prejudices, hypocricy, conservatism
and protected a man's moral freedom. Her poems reflected the people's,
especially women's, romantic dreams of a free and happy life.
There are a street, a school, pedagogical college and other places named
after Mahsati Ganjavi. There is a Museum of Mahsati Ganjavi in Ganja.
The monument of Mahsati Ganjavi was erected in 1980.