Hafez

po_HafezKhāwaja Shamsu Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī (known by his pen name Hāfez (1325–1389), was an Iranian poet.

His collected works composed of series of Persian literature (Diwan) are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, as well as elsewhere in the world, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to this day. His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-fourteenth century Persian writing more than any other author.

Themes of his ghazals are the beloved, faith, and exposing hypocrisy. His influence in the lives of Iranians can be found in “Hafez readings”, frequent use of his poems in Persian traditional music, visual art and Persian calligraphy. His tomb is visited often. Adaptations, imitations and translations of Hafez’ poems exist in all major languages.

THE SCENT OF LIGHT
Hafez

Like a great starving beast
My body is quivering
Fixed
On the scent
of
Light.