Persian Poets

Persian Poets

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Random House, Inc.
The Middle Ages saw an extraordinary flowering of Persian poetry. Though translations began appearing in Europe in the nineteenth century, these remarkable poets--Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Saadi, Sanai, Attar, Hafiz, and Jami--are still being discovered in the West.

The great medieval Persian poets owe much to the mystical Sufi tradition within Islam, which understands life as a journey in search of enlightenment, and, like their European contemporaries, they combine religious and secular themes. While celebrating the beauty of the world in poems about love, wine, and poetry itself, or telling humorous anecdotes of everyday life, they use these subjects to symbolize deeper concerns with wisdom, mortality, salvation, and the quest for God.

Baker & Taylor
Celebrating the accomplishments of the medieval Persian poets, this anthology of poetry from the era and home territory of Rumi includes the work of Hafiz, Attar, Jumi, Saadi, and other lesser-known one-name Persian literary heavyweights.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000
ISBN: 9780375411267
0375411267
Branch Call Number: 891.5 PER
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Washington, Peter

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Mar 08, 2016

The compact format of this book is both its best and worst quality: its small, cozy to read, and the pages are not over-packed with print; on the other hand its selection is a bit small, and the editor cut out large chunks of longer works to fit something of them into this selection. The older translations, for which the copyright expired are better, on the whole, than the newer ones included.

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