His life and poems have become the subjects of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing postth century Persian writing more than any other author. Hafez is best known for his poems that can be described as " antinomian " [7] and with the medieval use of the term "theosophical"; the term " theosophy " in the 13th and 14th centuries was used to indicate mystical work by "authors only inspired by the holy books " as distinguished from theology. Hafez primarily wrote in the literary genre of lyric poetry or ghazals , that is the ideal style for expressing the ecstasy of divine inspiration in the mystical form of love poems. He was a Sufi.

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Readers also enjoyed. About Hafez. His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing postth century Persian writing more than any other author Themes of his ghazals are the beloved, faith, and exposing hypocrisy.

His tomb is visited often. Adaptations, imitations and translations of his poems exist in all major languages. Though Hafez is well known for his poetry, he is less commonly recognized for his intellectual and political contributions. A defining feature of Hafez' poetry is its ironic tone and the theme of hypocrisy, widely believed to be a critique of the religious and ruling establishments of the time.

Persian satire developed during the 14th century, within the courts of the Mongol Period. In this period, Hafez and other notable early satirists, such as Ubayd Zakani, produced a body of work that has since become a template for the use of satire as a political device.

Many of his critiques are believed to be targeted at the rule of Amir Mobarez Al-Din Mohammad, specifically, towards the disintegration of important public and private institutions. He was a Sufi Muslim. His work, particularly his imaginative references to monasteries, convents, Shahneh, and muhtasib, ignored the religious taboos of his period, and he found humor in some of his society's religious doctrines.

Employing humor polemically has since become a common practice in Iranian public discourse and persian satire is now perhaps the de facto language of Iranian social commentary. Books by Hafez.

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Poems from the Divan of Hafiz

The collected poems of Hafiz of Shiraz compiled in the alphabetical order of the final letters of the various end-rhymes; composed in fourteenth-century Persia; published in English in Strong mystical themes abound, along with social criticism and philosophical and intellectual insights. Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz nickname: Khwaja , or nobleman; surname: Hafiz , or the one who has memorized the Holy Quran was born in the city of Shiraz in the present-day province of Fars in Iran , probably in or He died there in or In his youth, the future poet received specialized training from the leading teachers and scholars of the city. A superb student, he concentrated on Quranic studies and theology, philosophy, music, the natural sciences, and poetics. Hafiz won the support of powerful characters at successive local courts in Shiraz and wrote a number of panegyrics in praise of regional rulers.


Persian Poet Hafez-e Shirazi + Biography

Very little is known about his life. Many semi-miraculous mythical tales were woven around Hafez after his death. At the same time, he is said to have known by heart the works of Rumi, Saadi, Farid ud-Din, and Nizami. Let not the pious judge the meek; Each for his own deeds will speak. Everyone is seeking love, sober or drunk; Everywhere a house of love, yet so unique. Let me keep my hope of eternal grace, Behind the veil, who is good, who the freak? Not only I fell out of virtuous path, My father too, treaded that path oblique.


The Divan of Hafiz

The tradition of fal-e Hafez has been practised in Iran — and elsewhere in the Persian-speaking world, such as Afghanistan — for centuries. I was sauntering about the foothills of the mountains in Tehran with my friend Jamshid, and Shirin, a girl he was courting. As we were walking towards one of my haunts for chai and ghalyan water pipes , we came across a wizened old man with a canary perched on a little box of coloured cards. She handed him a note, closed her eyes and clasped her hands together while the little bird hopped about and pulled out a card at random with its beak. As she read the poem written on the back, a smile broke out on her face.

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