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The Garden of Heaven: Poems of Hafiz (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Garden of Heaven: Poems of Hafiz (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Hafiz , Gertrude Bell
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Hafiz has no peer." — Goethe. Poetry is the greatest literary form of ancient Persia and modern Iran, and the 14th-century poet known as Hafiz is its preeminent master. This collection is derived from Hafiz's Divan (collected poems), a classic of Sufism. The short poems, called ghazals, are sonnet-like arrangements of varied numbers of couplets. In the tradition of Persian poetry and Sufi philosophy, each poem corresponds to two interpretations, sensual and mystic. This 19th-century translation by historian Gertrude Bell remains widely acclaimed by scholars and readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A62YB5M
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hafiz!!! 20 Jan 2012
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Poems by one of the greatest poets of all time (if you ask me)Simply irrestibile.A joy to read.
Work by hafiz is always recommended.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gertrude Bell vs. Daniel Ladinsky 6 Aug 2009
By A. Windsor - Published on
I'm troubled (though not altogether surprised) by the previous reviewer's criticism of Gertrude Bell's translations of Hafiz by comparing them to the work of Daniel Ladinsky. I'm troubled because Daniel Ladinsky is not a translator of the poetry of Hafiz. Daniel Ladinsky writes all-new, all-original English-language poems but publishes them under the name of Hafiz rather than taking direct credit for them himself. But I'm not altogether surprised by the previous reviewer, because Daniel Ladinsky's poems are far more popular in the United States than the actual poems of Hafiz, and most people who read Daniel Ladinksy's poems are under the mistaken impression that they're reading translations of Hafiz.

Gertrude Bell's translations may leave something to be desired. But at least they're actual translations of Hafiz.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable woman Gertrude Bell, and this book a great service 26 Dec 2013
By Daniel Ladinsky - Published on
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I wanted to address -- an arrow here one of these reviews shot into me, the one dated August 5, 2009. But before that I want to say: I have bought several copies of this sweet publication over the years. And I feel Dover has done a great service in giving us this. And for any not aware of what a remarkable person Gertrude Bell was, they might enjoy searching some info about her on the web.

This book, "The Garden of Heaven," was very helpful to me at times with developing "My Portrait of Hafiz," as I sometimes refer to my work with him, and wrote an essay with that title I posted amongst Readers Reviews at Amazon ... under "The Gift, Poems by Hafiz," a Penguin publication. That essay/review is dated April 18, 2005.

For any wanting to make some reviews about my work (like the one by A. Windsor) more of a fair fight I would suggest they read two essays about the "Genesis" of my work with Hafiz that appear in my latest Hafiz effort, titled "A Year With Hafiz." One of those essays is called, "Releasing the Spirit of Hafiz." I would also point any sincerely interested in the foundation -- and inspiration -- behind my poetry publications to the October (2013) issue of The Sun magazine where they did an extensive interview about my Hafiz and Rumi work, and work with some of the greatest poet-saints in recorded history. That interview (which was totally unsolicited by me), i thought, asked some very direct and hard-hitting questions.

I love these words attributed to Hafiz:

"No one could ever paint a too wonderful
picture of my heart or God."

That seems to be the great task with Hafiz -- to reveal the grandeur of words, and to make tangible the Grace, the vital food, that can be in real poetry. Poetry at its height is the Sun speaking -- and lifting us up into its arms, if only for a blessed moment. A great, great thanks to any who help Hafiz do that. And he can. Indeed.

Daniel Ladinsky
best-selling Penguin author of poetry
December 26, 2013
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but language is too robin hood 29 Nov 2012
By dorislatvi - Published on
If this book was revised to facilitate the reading from Shakespearean to modern English, this book would be a tantalizing dream!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for the price 24 April 2013
By James W. Ramsay - Published on
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The Gertrude Bell translation doesn't exactly speak to the modern reader, but it is the classic. It is more complete than the Bly and Lewisohn translation, which is translated into more modern English.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hafiz Rocks! 23 May 2014
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I cannot get enough of Sufi poetry and Hafiz is by far my favorite. This is a good collection of his work.
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