Paul Smith began to compose his own ghazals... an ancient Persian form of poetry and possibly the oldest form, while working on the ghazals of the great Persian poet Hafiz in the early seventies. After a few years he finally achieved mastery of this difficult and mysterious form of mystical love-poetry, the first to really do so in the English language. Over the following 40 years he continued to compose them while working on translations of all the great Sufi ghazal poets including Hafiz, Rumi, Mu'in, Jami, Khaqani, Amir Khusrau, Sadi, Nesimi and all other great ghazal poets. Many of this author's poems were in praise of or about Meher Baba his Spiritual Master who also composed ghazals under the takhallus (pen-name) Huma. It was his Master who gave him the pen-name of 'Teamaker'. Here are about 350 of his ghazals with an Introduction on The Ghazal in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Pashtu, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Kashmiri & English Poetry. Pages 390.
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.
"I have never seen such a good translation..." B. Khorramshai, Academy of Philosophy, Tehran.
"Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith." Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of English 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.
Paul Smith is a poet, author and translator of over 120 books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashto and other languages... including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Iqbal, Shah Latif, Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah, Ghalib and many others, as well as poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and 12 screenplays.
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