Persian lyric poet Hafiz
(born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī)
grew up in Shiraz.
Very little is known about his life,
it is thought that he may have memorized the holy Qur’an
after hearing his father recite passages.
When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist.
Hafiz became a poet at the court of Abu Ishak
also taught at a religious college.
He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets,
his influence can be felt to this day.
As the author of numerous ghazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest,
he and his work continue to be important to Iranians,
many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.
Hafiz’s tomb is in Musalla Gardens in Shiraz.
― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )
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