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Hafiz is the preeminent poet of Persian Sufism and one of the great poets of world literature. The Green Sea of Heaven is regarded as the finest English translation of his poetry. Elizabeth Gray’s translations are informed by her thorough knowledge of Persian and the Persian poetic tradition. (Many recent books attributed to Hafiz have been produced by persons who do not know Persian at all!) This bilingual edition also includes two brilliant studies of Hafiz by Gray and Daryush Shayegan, plus helpful notes to the translation.
Posted April 23, 2000
Ms. Gray has done an astounding job, mastering not only the Persian and Arabic needed to accomplish the translation, but the literary references of the period as well. She is an accomplished poet in her own right. The poems simply come alive as you read them.
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