By Amir Khusrau,Paul Smith

AMIR KHUSRAU: chosen POEMS

Translation & creation via Paul Smith

Amir Khusrau (1253-1324), the ‘Parrot of India’ used to be born at Patigali close to the Ganges in India. on the age of thirty-six he used to be poet-laureate, serving many sultans. He used to be not just fluent in Persian, during which he composed nearly all of his ninety two books, but additionally in Arabic, Hindi and Sanskrit. He composed ten lengthy masnavis, 5 Divans of ghazals and different poems and plenty of prose works. He was once a grasp musician and invented the sitar. the correct grasp Nizam ud-din took him as his disciple and at last he grew to become God-realized. He rebelled opposed to slender spirituality and helped redefine the real Sufi approach. He was once a profound impact on Hafiz and is noticeable because the hyperlink among Sadi and Hafiz in updating the shape and content material of the ghazal and eroticising it. this can be the most important collection of his poems in English. advent is on his existence & instances & Poetry and the types within which he wrote and on Sufism & Poetry. the proper rhyme-structure has been stored and the which means of those appealing, enlightened poems. 201 pages

COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH’S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ’S ‘DIVAN’.

“It isn't a joke... the English model of all of the ghazals of Hafiz is a smart feat and of paramount value. i'm astonished. If he involves Iran i'm going to kiss the fingertips that wrote one of these masterpiece.” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
“Superb translations. ninety nine% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith.” Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of works into Persian and knower of Hafiz’s Divan off via heart.
“Smith has most likely prepare the best choice of literary evidence and historical past bearing on Hafiz.” Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author).
“I was once very inspired with the great thing about those books.” Dr. R.K. Barz. school of Asian experiences, Australian nationwide University.

Paul Smith is a poet, writer and translator of over eighty books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and different languages together with Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu’in, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Omar Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Shah Latif, Bulleh Shah and so on, and his personal poetry, fiction, performs, biographies, children’s books, screenplays.

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