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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; First Edition edition (August 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157062853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628535
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thomas Rain Crowe brings the Persian Sufi poet Hafiz (1326–1390) to life in this lively version of his timeless work. A fine addition to the growing number of English translations of his work."—The Bloomsbury Review



"Takes us home to the truths that transcend political factionalism, religious fanaticism, and literary provincialism. . . . Thomas Rain Crowe takes this ancient form and makes it alive with our own language while still retaining the echoes of the old ways embodied in the ghazal."—Parabola

"Hafiz speaks the immortal language of love today through Thomas Rain Crowe."—Shaykh Sherif Baba, head of the Turkish Rifa'i-Marufi Sufi Order of America



"The source, the gravity, and the light that will direct us home is Love. Hafiz is a poet intoxicated by this incredible Love—a wise-drunk man—how rare! Thomas Rain Crowe brings this illuminating poetry to this edge of centuries as we continue to look for love—perfect timing for these songs."—Joy Harjo, author of In Mad Love and War



"This book is an inspiring reflection of the best of what humanity has to give. Congratulations to Thomas Crowe and his Persian muse."—Bobi Jones, Welsh poet and author of Welsh Mysticism

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Hafiz of Shiraz was widely regarded as an infidel in his day. Today he is recognized in the East not only for the excellence of his poetry, but also as a Sufi illuminate. His major work, The Diwan, is found beside the Koran in the homes of the devout. In the West, Hafiz--a contemporary of Dante--is admired for his love-poetry; Goethe, among others, acknowledged his influence.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Higgins on July 3, 2007
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Thomas Rain Crowe's renderings of Hafiz are worth reading. They seem to be fairly close to the original, unlike some Coleman Barks mockeries I've read. (Barks is well-reputed. I am only speaking of his Hafiz renderings.) Rain Crowe does not translate from the original Persian, however, so its to be kept in mind that one is reading an American interpretation of the meaning of Hafiz' words. I'm wary of renderers who do not translate. I would recommend this book as an addition to one's Hafiz collection, but perhaps not as one's sole reference. For a very good original translation, I recommend The Green Sea of Heaven by Elizabeth T. Gray. In addition to excellent translations, it also has extensive notes on the text. Hafiz of Shiraz by Peter Avery and John Heath Stubbs is also an original translation and good, but I prefer Ms. Gray's. Beware of Daniel Ladinsky. You could read his books for hours and never read a Hafiz poem. Ladinsky writes his own poems and sells them as Hafiz poems. Whether you call that "forgery" or "smart-marketing", either way it is dishonest, but I suppose we'll all reap what we sow eventually.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Thomson on May 10, 2003
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Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved is a collection of 100 Poems by the Persian Sufi poet Hafiz. Hafiz, properly Shamsuddin Muhammad-i-Hafiz-i-Shiraz, lived in the 14th century and is generally acknowledged to be the greatest poet of the Persian culture. Hafiz writes in a form known as the Ghazal, which is a short poem of 8 or so rhyming couplets, which was often set to music. The translations in this work are by Thomas Rain Crowe, who has many credentials as a translator of Eastern poetry.
Hafiz's poems are beautiful and have an enchanting cadence. They are full of hope, faith and conviction. He writes movingly of down-to-earth topics, but his underlying message is ever-present and positive. In one poem he writes: "If your life has hit hard times, go to the Winehouse and enjoy some Wine."
Wine and drinking are Hafiz's metaphor for overwhelming love of God. The image of drunkeness suggests both reckless abandon and a frustrating and intoxicating lack of control over human life. Whether you choose to embrace or pass over his symbolic message, you will enjoy the poetry. It's language is as simple as it is powerful and compelling. This is a splendid book of poems, and I highly recommend it. Enjoy.
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By Dale A. Hunscher on January 26, 2013
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Sufi poetry in English can be too abstract; one wonders if this is the fault of the poet or the translator. This version suggests that translation can be transparent. I was pleased. Some favorite poems were missing, but others were welcome though new to me. Highly recommended.
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