Translation & Introduction Paul Smith
Here is an enlightened Daybook of 366 inspirational and beautiful poems by two of the greatest Sufi poets and Spiritual Masters of all times in the correct poetical form and meaning. Farid ad-din 'Attar is seen with Sana'i and Rumi (who he met and influenced) as one of the three most important Sufi Poet-Masters of the 13th century. He composed over forty books mainly in the epic masnavi form of rhyming couplets. He also composed many powerful mystical poems in the ghazal form and in the ruba'i form. Khaqani was Born in Shirwan in 1122 he died in Tabriz in 1199. He was a great poet and a master of the qasida and one of the first of the ghazal. He left a remarkable, large heritage of poems in Persian that influenced many later Sufi poets. Introduction Life, Times & Poetry of these two great poets. 388 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 and knower of Hafiz's Divan off by heart.
"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 130 books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu'in, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Lalla Ded, Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah, Jami and others, and his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and a dozen screenplays.