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The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door: Thirty Poems of Hafez

by Ḥāfiẓ

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Oh, to be a "rind" - the inspired libertine, genius by nature, wise through study, beloved by God, and lover of creation and pursuer of beauty! I don't know why Islamic mysticist poems about love and wine and nature strike a chord in my heart, but presumably it is the combination of an appreciation for a lack of formality, immense erudition, and a love of this world (because of God!). Even in English translation (and what a translation - 30 ghazals worked over 15 years!) they work, and I wonder not why Hafez is to be found in nearly every Iranian household. ( )
  klai | May 4, 2011 |
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Lewisohn, LeonardTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The great Persian poet Hafez is so beloved in Iran that almost every family there keeps his Divan close at hand. For some fifteen years, esteemed American poet and author Robert Bly has worked with the great Islamic scholar Leonard Lewisohn to produce this translation, which for the first time captures Hafez's nimbleness, his fierce humor, his astonishing range of thought, and his delight in love—enabling English speakers to fully appreciate the true genius of this master of the ghazal form, one of the greatest inventions in the history of poetry.

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