Ruba'is, Ghazals, Masnavis, a Qasida & Tarikh-bands
Translation & Introduction Paul Smith
Here is a wonderful, large selection of poems of the great Sufi Spiritual Master of the 13th century, who has become today the most popular poet in the world, Jelal ad-din Rumi. They are powerful, down-to-earth, spiritual and full of joy, bliss and understanding. Included in the Introduction is the life of Rumi and a chapter on the ruba'i, the ghazal, the masnavi, qasida, tarikh-bands. Selected Bibliography. Glossary. The correct rhyme-structure has been kept as well as the beauty and meaning of these immortal poems of this most popular Perfect Spiritual Master Poet. Large Paperback Edition 7" x 10" 493 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 of many mystical works in 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.
"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 many books of Sufi poets from the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages... including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Bulleh Shah, Shah Latif, Mansur Hallaj, Yunus Emre, Mu'in, Ibn Farid, Lalla Ded, Mahsati, Abu Said, Ghalib, Nazir, Iqbal, Inayat Khan and many others, as well as poetry, fiction, plays, children's books, biographies and screenplays.