The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door

Thirty Poems of Hafez

by Robert Bly, Leonard Lewisohn

On Sale: 03/24/2009

The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door

Thirty Poems of Hafez

by Robert Bly, Leonard Lewisohn

On Sale: 03/24/2009

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About the Book

One of our most acclaimed poets brings the work of the great Persian mystic and poet, Hafez, to a new audience. There is no poet in our tradition who carries the amount of admiration and devotion that the Persians have for Hafez. Children learn to sing Hafez poems in the third grade, and almost every family has a copy of the collected Hafez on the dining room table. Robert Bly and the great Islamic scholar Leonard Lewisohn have worked for 15 years on this book of Hafez, the first that carries into English his nimbleness, his outrageous humor, his defenses of the private life in the face of the fundamentalists, and the joy of his love poems. He writes in the ghazal form, one of the greatest inventions in the history of poetry.This is Rumi’s wild younger brother, now brought into an English that makes his genius visible.

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Critical Praise

“Robert understands the wild assertions of Hafez and his transparency. Robert’s translations have the nimbleness and daring of the lover. This is the book we have been waiting for.” - Coleman Barks

This is an amazingly meaningful translation of Hafiz’s poetry that I deeply appreciate. . . . Having understood the original text in both its technical and non-technical senses, they have presented us with a translation shorn of jargon. - —Baha al-Din Khurramshahi, author of Hafiznama, a two-volume Persian commentary on Hafez’s poetry, Tehran, Iran

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061138843
  • ISBN 10: 0061138843
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 03/24/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • List Price:19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : POETRY / General
  • BISAC2 : POETRY / Middle Eastern
  • BISAC3 : POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious

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