Translation, Introduction Paul Smith
Jami (1414-1493), is still considered the last great Sufi poet of the Classical Period of Persian Poetry is mostly known for his masterpiece seven masnavi epics... including his masterpieces Joseph and Zulaikh... also Layla and Majnun, Chain of Gold and Book of the Wisdom of Alexander. He also composed three Divans consisting of ghazals, rubai's and other profound, mystical poems. He is considered by many to be the last great Persian poet of the ghazal, perfected by Hafiz. Here is the largest number of his ghazals translated into English and a selection from his masnavis and ruba'is. Introduction... the Life & Times & Works of Jami and a chapter of Sufism in Persian Poetry and on the Ghazal and the various forms of poetry he used and a Selected Bibliography. The correct rhyme-structure is kept and the beauty and meaning of these magical, mystical poems. Large Format Paperback 7" x 10" 180 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" 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.
"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 (b.1945) is a poet, author and translator of many 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, Mu'ir, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Shah Latif, Mu'in, Lalla Ded, Rahman Baba, Iqbal, Ghalib, Nazir and others, and his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and screenplays.