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Hafiz of Shiraz: Thirty Poems, an Introduction to the Sufi Master

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"Hafiz--a quarry of imagery in which poets of all ages might mine."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hafiz was born at Shiraz, in Persia, some time after 1320, and died there in 1389. He is, then, an almost exact contemporary of Chaucer. His standing in Persian literature ranks him with Shakespeare and Goethe. A Sufi, Hafiz lived in troubled times. Cities like Shiraz fell prey to the ambitions of one marauding prince after another and knew little peace. The nomads of Central Asia finally overthrew the rule of these princes, and led to the establishment of the succeeding Timurid Dynasty.

It is of utmost literary interest that a poet who has remained immensely popular and most frequently quoted in his own land should, for the universality and grace of his wisdom and wit, be known outside the land of his birth as he used to be, the subject of veneration among literati both in Europe and the United States. The time for revival of interest in a poet of such cosmopolitan appeal is overdue.

His poems celebrate the love, wine, and the fellowship of all creatures. This volume, first published in 1952, brings back into print at last the renderings, the most beautiful and faithful in English, of this greatest of Persian writers.

Book News Annotation:

This reprint of the lucid translations of the Persian poet is accompanied by a brief new foreword by Avery. The original, useful introduction describing the life of Hafiz (d.1389) and the reception in art and society of his exquisite poetry on wine, love, and beauty is included. There is a glossary of names, but no index.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Hafiz

Hafiz was said to have received miraculously the gift of poetry from Khizr, a mysterious personage of Near Eastern folklore, a sort of roaming scholar, who had discovered the Elixir of Life, and who appeared from time to time to ordinary mortals. Like all the Persian poets of the Middle Ages, Hafiz was a court-poet and a panegyrist.

Sir Peter Avery is a fellow of Oriental Languages at King's College, Cambridge.

Sir John Heath-Stubbs is one of England's most honored contemporary poets.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590510704
Translator:
Heath-Stubbs, John
Translator:
Avery, Peter
Translator:
Heath-Stubbs, John
Translator:
Avery, Peter
Introduction:
Heath-Stubbs, John
Author:
Hafiz
Author:
Avery, Peter
Introduction:
Heath-Stubbs, John
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Single Author / General
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
7.66x5.12x.34 in. .28 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Middle East
Religion » Islam » Sufism

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