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Persian Poets

Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Random House
 | 
November, 2000
ISBN:
9780375411267
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This lovely Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition of The Persian Poets comes with a nifty gold ribbon marker. The Middle Ages saw an extraordinary flowering of Persian poetry. Though translations began appearing in Europe in the 19th century, these remarkable poets—Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Saadi, Sanai, Attar, Hafez, and Jami—are still being discovered in the West. The great medieval Persian poets owe much to the mystical Sufi tradition within Islam, which understands life as a journey in search of enlightenment, and, like their European contemporaries, they combine religious and secular themes. While celebrating the beauty of the world in poems about love, wine, and poetry itself, or telling humorous anecdotes of everyday life, they use these subjects to symbolize deeper concerns with wisdom, mortality, salvation, and the spiritual quest.

Now that I have raised the glass of pure wine to my lips,

The nightingale starts to sing!

 

Go to the librarian and ask for the book of this bird’s songs, and

Then go out into the desert. Do you really need college to read this book?

 

Break all your ties with people who profess to teach, and learn from the Pure Bird.

From Pole to Pole the news of those sitting in quiet solitude is spreading.

 

On the front page of the newspaper, the alcoholic Chancellor of the University

Said” ‘Wine is illegal. It’s even worse than living off charity.’

 

It’s not important whether we drink Gallo or Mouton Cadet: drink up!

And be happy, for whatever our Wine-bringer brings, is the essence of grace.

 

The stories of the greed and fantasies of all the so-called ‘wise-ones,’

Remind me of the mat-weavers who tell tourists that each strand is a yarn of gold.

 

Hafez says, ‘the town’s forger of false coins is also president of the city Bank.

So keep quiet, and hoard life’s subtleties. A good wine is kept for drinking, never sold.’

Publisher’s Description: 

The Middle Ages saw an extraordinary flowering of Persian poetry. Though translations began appearing in Europe in the nineteenth century, these remarkable poets--Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Saadi, Sanai, Attar, Hafiz, and Jami--are still being discovered in the West.

The great medieval Persian poets owe much to the mystical Sufi tradition within Islam, which understands life as a journey in search of enlightenment, and, like their European contemporaries, they combine religious and secular themes. While celebrating the beauty of the world in poems about love, wine, and poetry itself, or telling humorous anecdotes of everyday life, they use these subjects to symbolize deeper concerns with wisdom, mortality, salvation, and the quest for God.

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