Poet Hafez

Persian lyric poet Hafiz
(born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī)
grew up in Shiraz.
Very little is known about his life,
but
it is thought that he may have memorized the holy Qur’an
after hearing his father recite passages.
When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist.
Hafiz became a poet at the court of Abu Ishak
and
also taught at a religious college.
He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets,
and
his influence can be felt to this day.
As the author of numerous ghazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest,
he and his work continue to be important to Iranians,
and
many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.
 
Hafiz’s tomb is in Musalla Gardens in Shiraz.

حافظ Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī, or simply Hāfez (Persian: خواجه شمس‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی), was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310 and 1337.  one of the three greatest poets of the world. His lyrical poems, known as ghazals, are noted for their beauty and bring to fruition the love, mysticism, and early Sufi themes

― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )

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Returning


The morning breeze comes back 
and from the southern desert 
the lapwing returns 
The dove’s soft song about roses 
I hear that again. 

The tulip, who understands what the lily says, 
went away, but now she’s back. 

With the sound of a bell, 
strength and gentleness. 

Hafiz broke his vow and damaged his heart, 
but now, for no reason, his Friend forgives that, 
and turns, and walks back up to his door.

حافظ Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī, or simply Hāfez (Persian: خواجه شمس‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی), was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310 and 1337.  one of the three greatest poets of the world. His lyrical poems, known as ghazals, are noted for their beauty and bring to fruition the love, mysticism, and early Sufi themes

― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )

Translator:

Barks, C. (1993).  The hand of poetry. New Lebanon: Omega Publications