Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

(1321 - 1389 / Shiraz / Iran)

Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi Poems

81. Rubaiyat 12 1/1/2004
82. Rubaiyat 14 1/1/2004
83. Rubaiyat 08 1/1/2004
84. Rubaiyat 10 1/1/2004
85. Rubaiyat 06 1/1/2004
86. Rubaiyat 07 1/1/2004
87. Rubaiyat 03 1/1/2004
88. Rubaiyat 02 1/1/2004
89. Ghazal 03 1/1/2004
90. Rubaiyat 09 1/1/2004
91. Ghazal 02 1/1/2004
92. Rubaiyat 01 1/1/2004
93. Rubaiyat 05 1/1/2004
94. Rubaiyat 04 1/1/2004
95. Ghazal 01 1/1/2004
96. Absolutely Clear 1/1/2004

Comments about Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

  • Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (1/31/2016 5:19:00 PM)

    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 (11/22/2005 9:08:00 PM)

    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?)

Best Poem of Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Absolutely Clear

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

Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice
So tender,

My need of God
Absolutely
Clear.

Read the full of Absolutely Clear

Rubaiyat 40

O divider of heaven and hell bring relief,
Don’t let us give in to our grief.
How long upon our lives you prey?
Why don’t you hunt our lives’ thief?

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