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Hakim Sana'i - Pioneer of the Persian Sufi Ghazal: Selected Poems

ISBN: 9781544061627
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2017-03-15
Number of pages: 170
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~HAKIM SANA’I~ Pioneer of the Persian Sufi Ghazal SELECTED POEMS Translation and Introduction by Paul Smith One of the most prolific and influential Sufi Master Poets of all time Hakim Sana’i (d.1131) composed many ghazals (over 60 translated here), masnavis, qasidas, qita’s and over 400 ruba’is that influenced all the ruba’i writers that followed him. His long masnavi (rhyming couplets) mystical work The Enclosed Garden of the Truth is said to have had a profound influence on Rumi’s composing of his Masnavi and in Sadi’s composing his Bustan (’The Orchard’). Included in the Introduction are the Life and Times and Poetry of Sana’i and a history of the ghazal with a selection by its greatest Sufi poets. Selected Bibliography. The correct rhyme-structure has been kept, often for the first time, as well as the beauty and meaning of these powerful, mostly spiritual, beautiful, immortal ghazals. Large Format Edition in Paperback 7” x 10” Pages 170 COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH’S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ’S ‘DIVAN’. “It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance. I am astonished.” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran. “Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith.” Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of many works in English into Persian and knower of Hafiz’s Divan off by heart. “I was very impressed with the beauty of these books.” Dr. R.K. Barz. Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University. “Smith has probably put together the greatest collection of literary facts and history concerning Hafiz.” Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author). Paul Smith (b. 1945) is a poet, author and translator of many books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages… including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Lalla Ded, Mahasti, Iqbal, Ghalib, Rahman Baba, Ibn al-Farid, ‘Iraqi, Faiz, Urfi, Rahim and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, children’s books, biographies and a dozen screenplays.

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