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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, but fulfilling, 10 July 2006
This review is from: A Millennium of Classical Persian Poetry: A Guide to the Reading & Understanding of Persian Poetry from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century: A Guide to ... from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Highly recommended.

Having just completed the author's Introduction to Persian, I found I could read most or all of the poems collected here, despite the absence of translations. The notes are decidedly sparse, but they are usually (just) sufficient to elucidate the texts.

The concept of the book is magnificent - to take the reader historically through the gamut of Persian poetry with just a couple of excerpts from each poet, and although the texts are often on the hard side, the introductions to each poet - and to the Persian poetic tradition as a whole - were just what this reader needed.
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