Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

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Very little is know about Hafiz of Shiraz, particularly his early life. His primary medium of expression was the ghazal, a Persian poetic form which, like the English sonnet, has been widely used since the early middle ages. Hafiz is considered an incomparable master of the form. His works comprise 500 ghazals, 42 Rubaiyees, and a few Ghaseedehs, c ...

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Ghazal 01

O beautiful wine-bearer, bring forth the cup and put it to my lips
Path of love seemed easy at first, what came was many hardships.
With its perfume, the morning breeze unlocks those beautiful locks
The curl of those dark ringlets, many hearts to shreds strips.
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Absolutely Clear

Don't surrender your loneliness
So quickly.
Let it cut more deep.
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Rubaiyat 04

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Rubaiyat 05

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Rubaiyat 01

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M Asim Nehal 07 March 2019

Some interesting Rubaiyats and ghazals, a poet with spiritual touch.

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Glen Kappy 31 January 2016

hafiz, also rendered hafez, is my current favorite poet. i've become familiar with him mainly through the renderings of daniel ladinsky. i recommend his collection the gift which i've visited over and over. closer to translations are the ghazals in robert bly's collection the winged energy of delight which is a great anthology. though ladinsky has gotten some criticism for not closely enough representing hafiz in form, i've tried four other translations and don't think i would have discovered hafiz had i only known them. ladinsky has done us a great service by mining hafiz for the gems.

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Serena Sanborn 22 November 2005

I love the poetry of Hafiz. I enjoyed the poems found here but my favorite translator of Hafiz is Daniel Landinsky. I find he gets to the heart of the playfulness and joy of Hafiz. I recommend reading his books of Hafiz, 'The Gift' and '60 Wild, Sweet Poems of Hafiz'. Does anyone know if there are any direct translations of his work available? For example, the ones that do not rhyme? Also, are there any recordings of his peotry read in the Persian language? (Farsi? Arabic?)

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