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DIVAN OF HAFIZRevised Translation & Introduction Paul SmithThis is a completely revised one volume edition of the only modern, poetic version of Hafiz’s masterpiece of 791 ghazals, masnavis, rubais and other poems/songs. The spiritual andMoreDIVAN OF HAFIZRevised Translation & Introduction Paul SmithThis is a completely revised one volume edition of the only modern, poetic version of Hafiz’s masterpiece of 791 ghazals, masnavis, rubais and other poems/songs. The spiritual and historical and human content is here in understandable, beautiful poetry: the correct rhyme-structure has been achieved, without intruding, in readable English. In the Introduction of 70 pages his life story is told in greater detail than any where else- his spirituality is explored, his influence on the life, poetry and art of the East and the West, the form and function of his poetry, and the use of his book as a worldly guide and spiritual oracle. His Book, like the I Ching, is one of the world’s Great Oracles. Included are notes to most poems, glossary and selected bibliography and two indexes. First published in a two-volume limited edition the book quickly went out of print. 542 pages.Goethe: “In his poetry Hafiz inscribed undeniable truth indelibly! He has no peer!”Gertrude Bell: “It is as if his mental Eye, endowed with wonderful acuteness of vision, had penetrated into those provinces of thought which we of a later age were destined to inhabit.”Meher Baba: “There is no equal to Hafiz in poetry. He was a Perfect Master … His Divan is the best book in the world because it engenders feelings which ultimately lead to illumination.”COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH’S FIRST VERSION 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 English to Persian 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 80 books of Sufi poets of Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish 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, Hallaj, Rudaki, Yunus Emre and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, kids books and screenplays.