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Hafiz of Shiraz [Paperback]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 17, 2003
Publisher   Other Press
ISBN  1590510704  
EAN  9781590510704  

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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.

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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.

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The ideal translation of Hafiz  Nov 16, 2003
Hafiz's popularity today arises from the vogue for a quasi-Sufi mysticism of a 'New Age' variety. But Hafiz was not a religious teacher, but a professional poet, who used the same range of images to express love for an adolescent, mystical yearning, and the praise of some grizzled prince or vizier. The ambiguities in reference and meaning, and the variation between different stylistic registers, make him singularly difficult to translate. Very few of the available English versions are anything like adequate in conveying either the subtleties of meaning or the literary form of the originals. Of all the ones I have come across, this seems to me easily the best. Avery's participation ensures accuracy and authenticity, while Heath-Stubbs (a much respected writer of learned and often witty poetry) produces phrasing of exceptional vividness and vitality. The introduction is brief but very helpful. This book has been one of my favourite volumes of poetry in translation for forty years; its reappearance is a cause of celebration.
For those who can read French the perfect companion to this short English selection is the recent translation by Charles-Henri Fouchecour (you'll find it on this under 'Hafez'), which offers a meticulously faithful but still readable translation of the whole Divan (486 poems) with full annotation, adding enormously to the accessibility of the work for a modern western reader.

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