Fifty Poems of Hafiz by Arthur John Arberry
"Fifty Poems of Hafiz" translated by Arthur John Arberry is a beautiful collection of the mystical poems of Hafiz, a revered Persian poet of the 14th century. Arberry's translation is a masterpiece that captures the essence of Hafiz's poetry, his wit, and his insight into the human condition.
Arberry's translation is not a literal one; instead, he uses a combination of verse and prose to bring Hafiz's poetry to life in English. He masterfully manages to retain the charm and beauty of the original Persian text while making it accessible to English-speaking readers. The poems are accompanied by brief explanatory notes, which help to provide context and deepen the reader's understanding of Hafiz's mystical themes.
One of the most striking aspects of Hafiz's poetry is its universal appeal. Despite being written centuries ago, his words continue to resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. His poems explore love, spirituality, and the search for meaning in life in a way that is both profound and accessible. Arberry's translation does an excellent job of capturing these themes and presenting them in a way that feels fresh and relevant.
Overall, "Fifty Poems of Hafiz" is a beautiful and engaging collection that will appeal to both fans of Persian poetry and those who are new to the genre. Arberry's translation is a masterful work that brings Hafiz's poetry to life in English, and his commentary adds an extra layer of depth and insight. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring the rich tradition of Persian poetry.
Publisher - Gulshan Books
|Fifty Poems of Hafiz
|Arthur John Arberry