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The Wine Goblet of Ḥāfeẓ

A Comparative Study of the Influence of Ḥāfeẓ on the Fifteenth-Century Classical Persian Poet Jāmī

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Bahman Solati

In this innovative book, Bahman Solati presents a comparative study of Ḥāfeẓ, an internationally renowned poet in the West, particularly in Germany, France, and the Anglophone world for the past 250 years, and his influence on the fifteenth-century classical Persian poet Jāmī.

Having played a key role on the stage of world literature and poetry, present available studies in the West suffer from a dearth of good research works on Ḥāfeẓ. This text aims to fill this gap, including coverage of commentaries, critical studies, and compilations of Ḥāfeẓ’s Divān, juxtaposing them with works and poetry of Jāmī to evaluate the influence of Ḥāfeẓ on this fifteenth-century mystic and poet. Comprehensive notes and an extensive bibliography are added bonuses of the book.

Devotees of Persian literature and those of Persian-speaking countries (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan) will find this text of particular interest, as will academics interested in Persian poetry and literature. The usefulness of this research alone for students and scholars alike is of itself enough to make this book worth adding to any library.

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Chapter 3: Jāmī’s Life and Works

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Mullā Nūr al-Dīn ʽAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī was born in the town of Jām, Khurāsān, in 817/1414 and died in 898/1492.1 As he acknowledges in the following verses, his pen name honors both the town, where he spent his childhood,2 and Shaykh al-Islam Aḥmad Jāmī (d. 536/1130), to whom he was deeply devoted.3

My birthplace is “Jām” and the essence of my pen

is a sip from Shaykh al-Islam’s5 “Jām” [Goblet].

These are the double meanings of my penname

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