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The Gift - Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master [Paperback]

Hafiz , Daniel Ladinsky
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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Gift edition (26 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140195815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140195811
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrates one of Islam's greatest poetic voices and renowned spiritual leaders with a collection of 250 mystical healing poems.

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You are God's sweetheart.
One of the great wonders of Hafiz is that one cannot seriously read him without then knowing you are God's sweetheart. And the range of this poet-saint dazzles; he says, "I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through -- listen to this music." And, "Look at the smile on the earth's lips this morning, she laid again with me last night."

There is a wild divine party going on in this book that will lift the corners of your soul's mouth, probably comfort, inspire and free you as few books ever have. To again quote from The Gift, Hafiz says, "Dear ones, let's anoint this earth with dance!"


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HAFIZ, whose given name was Shams-ud-din Muhammad (c. 1320-1389), is the most beloved poet of Persia. Read the first page
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Theft 2 Jun 2011
It is already well-known that Ladinsky cannot read Farsi and that he has simply written all the poems himself, publishing them under the name of Hafiz because it sells better than it would if they were published under his own name. When confronted with the fact that none of his poems has an equivalent in Farsi, he claims that the poems were actually "handed him in a dream" by Hafiz. I don't know what the editor of Penguin has been thinking about. If they had published these poems under any other pseudonym, such as Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings or something, it wouldn't have mattered. But as it is now, there can only be two excuses for the name actually appearing on the cover of this book: either the editor has verified the translation with help from Monty Python's "Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook" - in which case he might plead incompetence - or he (just like so many reviewers without sufficient knowledge in Farsi or the actual poetry of Hafiz) has simply fallen victim to the fraudulent mr Ladinsky. - Unfortunately, there are many people who desperately want to believe that "this is Hafiz", and they are usually into the kind of New Age beliefs that make them immune to rational argumentation. I am not going to disturb them here by saying what I think about Ladinsky's poetry, but they are certainly disturbing ME by saying what they think about the poetry of "Hafiz". If this is Hafiz, then Justin Bieber is Mozart. In fact, the whole book is a perfect illustration of what our modern world's failures in cultural communications are essentially all about: the global ignorance of people who think (or want others to think) that they are encouraging peace and harmony and human dialogue, by in fact demonstrating their total disinterest in anything than but the exotic and superficial. It's orientalism in its worst form.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the Americanisms 1 Sep 2000
By A Customer
The occasional liberties taken with the original text totally detract from its meaning. The American slang is best kept to its own shores - it has no place here. Thank god for the Wilberforce edition!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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At last Hafiz has found the modern voice he needed . Dan Ladinsky's renderings have (in my opinion) for the first time, made all the marvel and wonder of this poet known as "The Tongue of the Invisible" available to a contemporary audience. I have known the poetry of Hafiz for years, but couldn't quite crack it. Dan has done a tremendous service to lovers, and poetry lovers everywhere. "The Gift" is just that. It's a book to be carried along, and to have at hand at all times. These renderings reach out in a magical way and bring Hafiz to life right now, so that his wisdom and compassion come to life in the life of the reader. These poems touch the root of love, joy, and compassion that lies at the heart of the universe, and the individual. My heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this project. I wish I could give "The Gift" to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 7 Jun 2013
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I never go anywhere without this book. It offers a real understanding of unity and love. The best support I ever had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hafiz a Great translation. 14 Mar 2013
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A Superb Translation of the Poems of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky...Hafiz translations have never been so up to date and clear for 'the Heart' to drink in ...Recommended ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice except (American) slang 15 Jan 2010
By V.
Mostly very nice. However, using words such as "damn" and "major-league wonderful" destroys the beauty of Hafiz. Bloody Americans..
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The Gift is an extraordinary book. Speaking both as a poet and as a teacher of writing for more than twenty years, I strongly recommend this surprising, powerful work to anyone with a love of metaphor. And for the reader who is drawn to the spiritual, these poems will reawaken the soul and evoke the honeymoon stage of the Divine Romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and celebratory poetry 31 Oct 2007
By Aeneas
Only knowing Hafiz, through this book I am not in a position to judge whether the book does him justice or whether too much of the tranlator's own poetical and mystical nature has come into play. What I can say is, that I truly enjoyed reading it as many of the poems appealed to my heart and provoked some reflection of what we do. Like this short poem called "Find a better job":

All your worry
Has proven such an
Find a better
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5.0 out of 5 stars God made accessible. Poetry made sublime.
All the wonder, majesty and sheer fun of the Sufi Perfect Mastet Hafiz, brought to life in this brilliant modern translation.
Published 22 days ago by Richard J Cork
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was a book for a friend as I have ordered this book before. It is a lovely edition. Thanks
Published 3 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness
This is a gift indeed! Even thinking about it lifts my heart and reminds me of the truth of who we are. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nicola Estelle Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars read when you wake up to have a good day, read before bed for sweet...
The poetry of Hafiz is sublime, whimsical, closer to god than a thousand hollow prayers. this is the view from the mountain top, at the heart of the spiritual country where all... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Satur9
5.0 out of 5 stars hafiz
great delivery service. the book brought tears to my eyes as i was carried upon its words in the desert- here in the mountains the words continue to part the curtains upon the... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by mark
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful gift, but is it really from Hafiz?
This book never fails to put a smile on my face and a sweet song in my heart. So why not give it five stars? Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Katerina
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing and crying...
Oh dear, am I drunk... But not a drop of wine did touch these parched lips! Daniel Ladinsky's transcriptions of Hafiz's poems truly come alive in our tounge. Read more
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