Sensual, profound, delighted, wise, Hafez’s poems have enchanted their readers for more than 600 years. One of the greatest figures of world literature, he remains today the most popular poet in modern Iran.
Yes, dear readers, as part of my vow to broaden my literary horizons this year, I have even delved into some poetry. Hafez, also spelled as Hafiz, is responsible for some of the most profound, most reassuring, most lovely, most Pinterest-graphic worthy quotations that we have today.
This particular volume didn’t win me over me as much as I hoped, but it was still an interesting compilation – he writes a lot about wine and roses in this edition – a poet after my own heart! He also tackles religion, discussing both his love for and questioning of faith and the overall institution.
And I’ve totally found a verse to describe my evenings out, ha:
Flirtatious games, and youth,
And wine like rubies glowing
And drink that’s always flowing;
Kindhearted friends to drink with,
Servants who act discreetly,
Companions who keep secrets,
Whom we can trust completely;
I thought I’d add a couple of my favourite Hafez quotations from his other work, just because his genius deserves to be shared.