Life & Poems
Translation & Introduction Paul Smith
One of the greatest mystical poets and Perfect Masters of all time, Abdullah Ansari... who passed from this world 1089 in Herat in Afghanistan was most famous for his biographical dictionary on saints and Sufi masters and his much loved collection of inspiring prayers, the Munajat among many works in Persian and Arabic. His ruba'is appear throughout his works and he composed three Divans in which his ghazals are in the majority. Here is a fine selection of them and a qasida. The correct rhyme-structure has been kept and the meaning of these beautiful, powerful, mystical poems in the form of ruba'is, ghazals and a qasida. Introduction: The Life and Works of Ansari, Sufis & Dervishes: Their Art and Use of Poetry; The Form, Function & History of the Ruba'i; Ghazal and the Qasida, Selected Bibliography... Introduction to Sufi Poets Series. 90 pages
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. If he comes to Iran I will kiss the fingertips that wrote such a masterpiece inspired by the Creator of all." Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
"Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith." Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator 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 is a poet, author and translator of over 150 books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu'in, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Omar Khayyam, Bedil, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Shah Latif, Bulleh Shah and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and screenplays.
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