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A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations

Daily Contemplations

Author: Hafiz  

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The poems of Hafiz, one of the world's most revered literary and spiritual teachers, are not literary remnants from a remote past but masterpieces filled with cherished and timeless wisdom. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses.

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Summary

The poems of Hafiz, one of the world's most revered literary and spiritual teachers, are not literary remnants from a remote past but masterpieces filled with cherished and timeless wisdom. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses.

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Though Hafiz lived in the fourteenth century, his poems are still immensely popular. His wisdom, his expressive language and his deep reverence for beauty have made him a favourite poet of lovers, and especially of lovers of God. Her Daniel Ladinsky explores with learned insight and a delicate hand Hafiz's exquisite verses. He presents 365 poignant poems-including a section based on the translations of Hafiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson-that capture a spirit of infinite tenderness and compassion, of great exuberance, joy and laughter, of ecstatic love and fervent longing, and of wonder and delight at the divine splendour of the universe. As Ladinsky says of his renderings, 'The wings of some of these poems just could not resist unfurling, breaking out of conventional space and cultural-bound time, hoping to lift many in the wake of their freedom.'

'You could call Hafiz the fourteenth century Persian version of Walt Whitman. An incandescent, ecstatic pipeline to God.'

  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, in naming Daniel Ladinsky's The Gift one of her ten favourite books

'There are universe inside Hafiz, a lineage of masters. Daniel Ladinsky follows the playfulness; the rascal moves well.'

  • Coleman Barks

'Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West.'

  • Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor
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Critic Reviews

“Praise for Daniel Ladinsky's work with Hafiz "A”

Praise for Daniel Ladinsky's work with Hafiz "A fine and stirring new presentation of one of the world's great poets." --Patricia Monaghan, Booklist

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About the Author

Hafiz was a Persian poet. His given name was Shams-du-din Muhammad.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books | Penguin USA
Published
2nd November 2011
Pages
417
ISBN
9780143117544
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