Hafez, a Persian mystic and sonneteer, born in 8th century in Shiraz, Iran. Hafez, as the one of the greatest poet of Iran, locally known by his pen name, “Lesan-ol-Qeib”. Hafeziyeh with an area of approximately 2 hectares is the shrine of Hafez located in the north of Shiraz.
The hall’s architectural design belongs to Zandiyeh era and contains 20 stone pillars with 5-m height. The shrine also consists 8 stone pillars; the number symbolizes the eight doors of paradise. It is also recommended that it is the symbol of 8 century, in which Hafez lived.
Hafez is the most renowned poets in Iran whose influence can be felt even today.
Hafez is also known to the west and east. It would leave a mark on some Western writers as Goethe. Shamseddin Mohammad is famous as Hafez since he had memorized the Holly Quran.
This Persian lyric poet expressed love, spirituality, and protest in his ghazales. Moreover, many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings. His Divān is found in almost every Iranian home.
After his father died he started working at the bakery. One day he saw Shakh-e Nabat, a very beautiful woman.
Since then many of his poems are addressed her. He composed about 500 ghazals, 42 Rubaiyees, and a few Ghaseedeh. It is worth mentioning that Hafez himself did not compile his poetry. Mohammad Golandaam completed it some 21-22 years after his death.
His Divan is so complicated and multilayered in meaning that the translation is sometimes a challenging
task and the sprit may lost. In fact, the translator should have a great mind, heart and soul as well as word knowledge to understand his ghazales correctly to transfer.
Iranian believed that when they have a problem or a question they close their eyes and open up his
Divan to one of his poems and then study it to give their answer.
At the break of dawn from sorrows I was saved
In the dark night of the Soul, drank the elixir I craved.
Ecstatic, my soul was radiant, bright,
Sanctified cup of my life, drunk I behaved.
O, what exalted sunrise, what glorious night
That holy night, to the New Life was enslaved.
From now on, in the mirror, O what a sight
The mirror, glory of my soul, proclaimed and raved.
Wonder not if I am bathed in heart’s delight
I deserved and was given, though may have seemed depraved.
Angelic voice brought news of my God-given right
My patience is the fruit of hardships that I braved.
Sweet nectar drips from my lips, as my words take their flight
Beloved, my sweetheart, upon my soul patiently had engraved.
‘T was Hafiz, divinely inspired that I attained such height
It was God’s mercy that time’s sorrows for me waived.
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