Fifty Poems of Attar

Fifty Poems of Attar

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The great 13th century Sufi poet Farid al-Din Attar is renowned as an author of superb short lyrics written in the Persian language. Dealing with themes of love, passion and mysticism, the versions presented in this book are the first sustained offerings of Attar's lyric poetry in English. Award-winning Iranian-born poet, Ali Alizadeh, and Persian specialist, Kenneth Avery, have collaborated on this project which aims to bring this remarkably vigorous yet subtle poetry to an English reading audience. The translations are accompanied by the Persian texts themselves, and explanatory notes, and are set in the context of his life and times by an illuminating introductory chapter. An original analysis of Attar's poetic language and thought is also offered. Attar, who lived in Nishapur until his death in 1220, was a complex personality, a brilliant storyteller and poet in both lyric and epic forms, and a creative and original Sufi thinker. His ideas range over the whole spectrum of Persian mysticism and religious philosophy, and his writing paved the way for the triumphs of Rumi and Hafiz.
His ideas and exquisite verse deserve a wider circulation than has been accorded them until now, and this book seeks to present his poetry in an attractive way.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 268g
  • Prahran, VIC, Australia
  • English
  • 0980305217
  • 9780980305210
  • 65,752

Table of contents

Introduction page 1Style and Themes page 13The Legacy of Attar's Poetry page 41On Translating the Ghazals of Attar page 49Texts and Translations page 57Notes to the Translations page 177Bibliography page 191
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About Farid Al-Din Attar

Kenneth Avery is a graduate of Sydney and Melbourne Universities, and a specialist in Sufi and Persian literature. His Ph.D. thesis was published in 2004 as: A Psychology of Early Sufi sama: Listening and Altered States (RoutledgeCurzon). He is a writer and teacher, and lives in rural Victoria, Australia.Ali Alizadeh holds a Ph.D. in Professional Writing from Deakin University, Melbourne, and teaches writing and literature at universities in Australia and Asia. His books of poetry include Eyes in Times of War and eliXir: a story in poetry. His translations of Persian poetry have been widely published.
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