A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations

A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations

Hafez Daniel Ladinsky / Jun 19, 2021

A Year with Hafiz Daily Contemplations Daniel Ladinsky s stunning interpretations of soul nurturing poems one for each day of the year by treasured Persian lyric poet Hafiz The poems of Hafiz are masterpieces of sacred poetry that nurt

  • Title: A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations
  • Author: Hafez Daniel Ladinsky
  • ISBN: 9780143117544
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Daniel Ladinsky s stunning interpretations of 365 soul nurturing poems one for each day of the year by treasured Persian lyric poet Hafiz The poems of Hafiz are masterpieces of sacred poetry that nurture the heart, soul, and mind With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses His renderings, presented here iDaniel Ladinsky s stunning interpretations of 365 soul nurturing poems one for each day of the year by treasured Persian lyric poet Hafiz The poems of Hafiz are masterpieces of sacred poetry that nurture the heart, soul, and mind With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses His renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poems including a section based on the translations of Hafiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson capture the compelling wisdom of one of the most revered Sufi poets Intimate and often spiritual, these poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, and profound, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as deep wisdom to savor through a lifetime.

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        H fez Khw ja Shams ud D n Mu ammad fe e Sh r z was a Persian poet whose collected works The Divan are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran, who learn his poems by heart and still use them as proverbs and sayings His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post 14th century Persian writing than any other authorThemes of his ghazals are the beloved, faith, and exposing hypocrisy His influence in the lives of Persian speakers can be found in Hafez readings f l e h fez, Persian and the frequent use of his poems in Persian traditional music, visual art, and Persian calligraphy His tomb is visited often Adaptations, imitations and translations of his poems exist in all major languages.Though Hafez is well known for his poetry, he is less commonly recognized for his intellectual and political contributions A defining feature of Hafez poetry is its ironic tone and the theme of hypocrisy, widely believed to be a critique of the religious and ruling establishments of the time Persian satire developed during the 14th century, within the courts of the Mongol Period In this period, Hafez and other notable early satirists, such as Ubayd Zakani, produced a body of work that has since become a template for the use of satire as a political device Many of his critiques are believed to be targeted at the rule of Amir Mobarez Al Din Mohammad, specifically, towards the disintegration of important public and private institutions He was a Sufi Muslim.His work, particularly his imaginative references to monasteries, convents, Shahneh, and muhtasib, ignored the religious taboos of his period, and he found humor in some of his society s religious doctrines Employing humor polemically has since become a common practice in Iranian public discourse and persian satire is now perhaps the de facto language of Iranian social commentary.


    1. Hafiz is one of the greatest poets. Ever. Love, illumination, intoxication. Some beautiful poems in this collection.While there is much to be appreciated in the work, there are many parts where Ladinsky has been so free with his contemporary "interpretation" that it is actually insulting to both Hafiz, Muslims, and the Sufis or at least he does not adhere to what is authentically in the original text. For example, in "Lie Around and Get Zonked Out", he writes: God in human form, as some call the [...]

    2. When I first bought this I had no idea that the author had taken liberties with the translations to try and make them more hip and contemporary. Batting averages and prom queens do not belong in Hafiz poems. Just, no.

    3. Can't read no further. This is not Hafiz. This is a modern slang adaptation of what should be much more meaningful, much deeper, and actually Sufi.This book sucks :(

    4. Love Rumi? Meet Hafiz. And, turn, turn through a year.No less a giant of American literature than Ralph Waldo Emerson called Hafiz “the prince of Persian poets,” so Hafiz’s poetry certainly is no flash-in-the-pan discovery. He’s not as famous as the great Rumi, who these days journalists describe as “the world’s best-selling poet in English.” If you’re reading this review, you almost certainly know a bit about Rumi’s short, mystical poems with spiritual yearnings that often see [...]

    5. The author states in the introduction that there are many paths to Hafiz, as in the many ways this Persian poet's work can be interpreted and translated. Hafiz's wonderful poetry contains double meanings and Daniel Ladinsky's take on it is superb. Ladinsky himself resides in the pages along with Hafiz himself. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this clever poetry written with a slight edge and an off-the-wall wit. This was my second Hafiz book, having read "The Gift". I am planning on a third.

    6. Daniel Ladinsky does a brilliant job complilng and interpreting these classic poems from Hafiz. I choose a daily reading book of poems every year, and this is the most enjoyable of all I have read. While wise and insightful, Hafiz will be remembered by me primarily for his sense of humor, often self deprecating, which he uses liberally to highlight our human condition.From December 30th:"Out of a great need we are holding hands and climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, the terrain around [...]

    7. I've been reading a poem each day this year, and it's been one of the highlights of my reading. I was first introduced to the Sufi mystics in a history of Islam class in college, and I really liked their spiritual exuberance, but this was my first in-depth experience with a Sufi poet, and I loved it. Hafiz's words, and Ladinsky's sparkling translations were at times humorous, at times soulful, and always thought-provoking. Just what I needed, and I think next year I'll go back and read them all [...]

    8. An incredibly uplifting and inspiring book of poems. The poems are inspired by Hafiz (rather than actually by Hafiz), but who cares when its such beautiful writing?

    9. I fell in love with Hafiz when I first heard this poetry while taking an Exploring Islam class in seminary. I'd been familiar with Rumi, but Hafizah, Hafiz was breathtaking in the beauty of the language. I've seen several different translations of the Sufi poet's work and by his own declaration, Ladinsky has intentionally modernized much of the language and context, but the rhythm and intent, the ecstasy and the ordinary co-reside here in accessible verse that feels true to the meaning of celebr [...]

    10. I have to say some translations didn't work for me. Inasmuch as the intention may have been to make the originals more accessible, some of the contemporary references left a weird aftertaste.

    11. One RegretOne regret, dear world, that I am determinednot to have when I am lying on my deathbedis that I did not kiss you enough. 3.888 stars! I truly enjoyed this book of poetry. Some of the poems have an unexpected bite of wit to them that I didn't expect and really liked. SO-I'll just leave my other favorites below!Two Giant Fat PeopleGod and I have become like two giantfat people living in a tiny boat;we keep bumping into each other and laughing.Brings Life to a FieldIt is not possible to c [...]

    12. At first glance it looks like this might be a nice 'best of' collection of Hafiz poems which would be an easy 6-stars . but then it turns out that most of my favourite, and the generally more loved, Hafiz poems (such as many found in Daniel Ladinsky's other translated books) are missing, and a lot of what's rather been selected is a bit different from the usual Hafiz fare I was expecting - often feeling a bit tooo far from the Hafiz 'spirit/feel', and from whatever Hafiz poems/texts these daily [...]

    13. I resolved on January 9th, 2013 to spend my own year with Hafiz: I would read and contemplate one poem from this book everyday, and even make pencil marks in the margins. That resolution lasted all the way to January 17th, when I read "Watch out for spiritual la-la land": the imagery of traffic jams on the highway and oral sex really threw me off.I hadn't realized before then that Ladinsky had been so liberal in his translations of the Hafiz classics. Frankly, what I had taken from the 9th throu [...]

    14. Spiritual, illuminating, profound, and very deep in content. I've made photo albums with themes and images that were inspired by the ideas in this book. Each presents a vast idea or thought with meaning specific to the reader. Often I did not realize the full meanings until something happens and I reflect on it. Often more than one meaning. "How to listen to others? As if everyone were my Master speaking to me, his cherished last word. How do I listen to you? As if you were the Alpha and Omega o [...]

    15. Why only 3 stars when other books of his are among my favorites? I had the sense he was writing to meet the quota of 365, and the ratio of the poems that felt inspired versus formulaic was too low. He also "goes modern" too often, by which I mean bringing in modern-day slang, concepts, or being overly cute, which shatters the illusion that the poems are translations of the Hafiz originals and leaves them as Ladinsky originals. "The Gift" or "The Subject Tonight is Love" are much more highly reco [...]

    16. I understand that reading lines of Hafiz daily -- like those of Tagore -- form a spiritual practice for many. Daniel Ladinsky brings that practice with his renderings of Hafiz, many of them stirringly beautiful. A few jarred my senses as too contemporary, but part of the pleasure of this collection is to share Ladinsky's appreciation of one of the world's greatest spiritual poets, so when I met one of those moments, I had a chance to sit back and consider how we each meet and live with reverence [...]

    17. I'm a big lover of Hafiz's work but this collection of poems/translations missed the mark a bit for me. Other readers have mentioned finding the inclusion of modern references jarring and I agree -- although I appreciated Ladinsky's creativity and playfulness, it interrupted the flow a little. Still, it's lovely little collection of poems and a nice concept (to read a poem per day for a year and nourish yourself with his wisdom and imagination and humour, bit by bit).

    18. Hafez is simply the best, most profound, eloquent and humorous poet I have ever read. Anytime I am in need of spiritual guidance and comfort I REACH FOR THIS BOOK to memorize his poetry and famous images. Highly recommended for anyone's book of spiritual works no matter if you are Buddhist, Muslim, or whatever!

    19. After reading Rumi, i turned to Hafiz. This book was a wonderful introduction to the poet. i found myself laughing out loud at the unexpected and sometimes uncouth. Other times i a poem would lead to personal reflection and insight into myself and humanity. Most of all, Hafiz helps one live in the present and embrace the goodness and beauty of existence and who doesn't need some of that?

    20. Readers expecting some translated Hafiz will be disappointed. In other media Ladinsky has said that for this book Hafiz came to him in dreams and this book is a record of those dream poems.As poetry it's mostly fine - some are insightful, some are laughable - but a reader expecting to learn about Hafiz or believing that they are reading the master will be sorely disappointed.

    21. This book was filled with inspiration and beauty through ecstatic poetry. My copy is filled with dog-eared pages and lots of underlining to come back to when I need something encouraging to meditate on. I'm grateful for Ladinsky/Hafiz's work.

    22. An awesome and well-organized presentation of material by "the poet of poets". I am not normally a poetry reader, but these poems are very accessible, down-to-earth and at the same time highly metaphorical

    23. I incredible Hafiz verses, interspersed with lead balloon Ladinsky verse. No comparison. Should be titled " because I translate Persian, I am a mystic comparable to Hafiz - Not".

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