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My favorite teachers : Hafiz

15 Apr Posted by in References | 4 comments

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  He was the most celebrated Persian lyric poet and is often described as a poet’s poet.
His Divan is to be found at the home of most Iranians
who recite his poems by heart and use as proverb and saying to this
day. His life and poems have been the subject of so much analysis,
commentary, and interpretation and had influenced the course of
post-fourteenth century Persian lyrics more than anyone else has.

The major theme of his poetry is love.

    I gave up my desires on the first day when
    Beloved took my heart’s rein and made me her slave.


I love how he transcends all traditions
and rise above any sectarian concept

 I said, leave the idols,
choose the one that won’t die;
    You said, for lovers, love to all will apply


Hafiz, a Sufi poet, expressed in poetry love for the divine, and the
intoxicating oneness of union with it.  Hafiz, along with many Sufi
masters, uses wine as the symbol for love.

The intoxication that results
from both is why it is such a fitting comparison.

Hafiz spoke out about
the hypocrisy and deceit that exists in society,
and was more outspoken
in pointing this out than many poets similar to him.