Item PL5

Dimensions: 48 x 24 cm.  $35.00 This vintage print has some slight wear around the edges of the border due to age; this does not affect the actual image and will not be visible once the print is properly matted and framed.

The caption on the bottom of the print reads as follows:

 Tomb of Hafez, Iran's great poet, Shiraz, Fars Province

Hafez lived in Shiraz from 1300 to 1389. His verses are well-known to all Iranians, and six centuries later still have value as aphorisms.  His extraordinary popularity is due to his simple and frequently discursive language, rid of any affectation and to the use he makes of familiar images and of proverbial expressions. Iranians feel that his best poetry is the "Ghazal" engraved on his tomb. The Ghazal is a six to fifteen verse composition in which the verses are linked together by a unity of inspiration and of symbolism rather than by a logical sequence of ideas. Here are a few verses:

"Sit near my tomb, and bring wine and music
Feeling thy presence, I shall come out of my sepulchre
Rise, softly moving creature,
and let me contemplate thy beauty."