Traditional Poetry & Literature

Arbery, A.J., ed. Persian Poems: An Anthology of Verse Translations.  Poetry, 239 pages, 22 cm.This book is an excellent introduction to classical Persian poetry for English-speaking readers.  As stated in its preface, "This little book ... is a landmark in the interpretation of Persian literature, containing as it does the first English verse translation of a Persian poem."  Many of these translations were completed in the late 19th century by noted scholars of both languages; for that reason alone, it is a valuable piece of history. The poets featured here include Rumi, Sa'di, Hafez, Rudaki, Khosrow, Ferdowsi, Nizami, Shahriyar, and others.  Tehran: Yassavoli, 2005. ISBN 964306302X. OCLC 77077283. Hardcover. Q3 $55.00

For other books featuring some of the best-known and loved names in Persian poetry, click on a poet's name.

Khajeh Ansari

Farid Al-Din Attar

Baba Taher

Hakim Ferdowsi


Nuruddin Jami

Omar Khayyam

Nasser Khosrow

Nizami Ganjavi

Abdollah Roudaki

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Muslihuddin Sa'di



Shah Nematollah Vali

Obaid Zakani