LESSONS FROM THE EMPRESS
translations by a master poet and translator. This is the perfect introduction to Hafiz for all lovers of poetry and seekers of love, spirituality, and meaning.
HAFIZ’S LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE is a lush collection of more than 250 poems by Hafiz, commonly known as the Tongue of the Hidden. In Iran, ordinary people memorize poetry of Hafiz. Lines from his poems are quoted as proverbs in everyday life. Stars can be heard singing his poetry on the radio. A copy of his collected work (divan) can be found in any average household. Translated by native Persian speaker, Erfan Mojib and the award-winning translator Gary Gach, this collection will be sure to strike a chord with Hafiz lovers everywhere.
Let the unforgettable words of Hafiz shine through you with their love, depth, and celebration of life. This collection of mystical poetry focuses on the issues we encounter in everyday life. The book unfolds as Garden of the World, Garden of Love, and The Garden of Bliss. These encompass a range of experiences a person is likely to encounter in a lifetime.
· World includes personal and social themes, such as solitude, hypocrisy, and hope.
· Love spans separation, longing, and union.
· Bliss, the capper, is the briefest.
Also included is a small biography of Hafiz, translators’ notes, and a section on using Hafiz’s work for divination. A typical Hafiz Oracle occurs every year at a Yalda celebration (the longest night of the year). During the evening, someone might make a wish and open a book of Hafiz and read a poem out loud. They then pass the book to the next person.