A Comparative Study of the Influence of Ḥāfeẓ on the Fifteenth-Century Classical Persian Poet Jāmī
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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The principal sources for the original ghazals (lyric poems) of Ḥāfeẓ were two editions of the Dīvān, one edited by Muḥammad Qazvīnī and Qāsim Ghanī, and the other edited by P. Khānlarī.
My sources for translations of Ḥāfeẓ’s poetry included the following English versions of the Dīvān-i Ḥāfeẓ:
Arberry, A. J. Fifty Poems of Ḥāfeẓ. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962 .
Bly, Robert, and Leonard Lewisohn, eds. The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door: Thirty Poems of Hafez. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.
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