But just as I wished to see storms only on those coasts where they raged with most violence, so I should not have cared to see the great actress except in one of those classic parts in which Swann had told me that she touched the sublime. At a time like the present, when the ever-increasing complexity of life leaves one scarcely a moment for reading, when the map of Europe has undergone radical alterations and is on the eve, perhaps, of undergoing others more drastic still, when so many new and threatening problems are arising on every side, you will allow me to suggest that one is entitled to ask that a writer should be something more than a clever fellow who lulls us into forgetting, amid otiose and byzantine discussions of the merits of pure form, that we may be overwhelmed at any moment by a double tide of barbarians, those from without and those from within our borders.
Since I was able to enjoy everything that this sonata had to give me only in a succession of hearings, I never possessed it in its entirety: it was like life itself. But, less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us the best of themselves…. It is his work itself that, by fertilising the rare minds capable of understanding it, will make them increase and multiply.
Leaving her throat bare, her white nightdress altered the proportions of her face, which, flushed by being in bed or by her cold or by dinner, seemed pinker; I thought of the colours I had had beside me a few hours earlier on the front, the savour of which I was now at last to taste; her cheek was traversed by one of those long, dark, curling tresses which, to please me, she had undone altogether.
She looked at me and smiled.
Beyond her, through the window, the valley lay bright beneath the moon. The sea, which was visible through the window as well as the valley, the swelling breasts of the first of the Maineville cliffs, the sky in which the moon had not yet climbed to the zenith—all this seemed less than a featherweight on my eyeballs, which between their lids I could feel dilated, resistant, ready to bear far greater burdens, all the mountains of the world, upon their fragile surface….
Death might have struck me down in that moment and it would have seemed to me trivial, or rather an impossible thing, for life was not outside me but in me; I should have smiled pityingly had a philosopher then expressed the idea that some day, even some distant day, I should have to die, that the eternal forces of nature would survive me, the forces of that nature beneath whose godlike feet I was no more than a grain of dust; that, after me, there would still remain those rounded, swelling cliffs, that sea, that moonlight and that sky!
Return to Book Page. Preview — Faces of Love by Hafez. Faces of Love by Hafez ,. Jahan Malek Khatun. Obayd-e Zakani. Dick Davis Translator. Acclaimed translator Dick Davis breathes new life into the timeless works of three masters of fourteenth-century Persian literature. Together, Hafez, a giant of world literature; Jahan Malek Khatun, an eloquent princess; and Obayd-e Zakani, a dissolute satirist, represent one of the most remarkable literary flowerings of any era.
All three lived in the famed city of Shiraz, Acclaimed translator Dick Davis breathes new life into the timeless works of three masters of fourteenth-century Persian literature. All three lived in the famed city of Shiraz, a provincial capital of south-central Iran, and all three drew support from arts-loving rulers during a time better known for its violence than its creative brilliance.
Here Dick Davis, an award-winning poet widely considered 'our finest translator of Persian poetry' The Times Literary Supplement , presents a diverse selection of some of the best poems by these world-renowned authors and shows us the spiritual and secular aspects of love, in varieties embracing every aspect of the human heart. A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title for Dick Davis is a translator, a poet, and a scholar of Persian literature who has published more than twenty books.
He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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You are a person of value, a person who possesses unfathomable abilities, talents, skills and blessings. Psalm , “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and . Angelus Volume 2 expands upon the Qabbalistic teachings and the imprint of the first volume. The Face of Love offers an expansive view of the Tree of Life.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 27, Yasmin rated it it was amazing. Beautiful is what I think of this book. In the long introduction the translator muses on what the poets aimed for in their poetry, allegorical or? In the days of these three poets everyone wrote poetry to read aloud. Their audience were listeners only, no one would rush out to Chapters to buy a copy.
How best to reach an audience and please themselves most? By sound. Poetry for many many years was governed by how it sounded and not what message s it conveyed. Poetry was dictated on the merit Beautiful is what I think of this book. Poetry was dictated on the merits of sound. Poetry could be chanted or poetry could be sung. In the readings or rather chanting of the Q'uran out loud it sounds like singing, however, is called chanting in order to be accepted by the more orthodox Muslims that believe music is forbidden. But in a world where illiteracy is high what better way to reach far and wide than to reach out by the ear?
Therefore the quality of the written word is how the tongue forms them. At a time as well when great store was held by oral traditions poetry flourished. Children any where at any social class were taught to behave or conduct themselves by stories told.
To advertise businesses orally drew the most people whether it was tales of sea adventures or more military battle or even to know what happened in the kingdom gossip, fabricated stories and other ways kept people informed, rightly or wrongly. Oscar Wilde believed that poetry was the best when it sounded beautifully, it didn't matter how it looked on the page or what was said in the poem, how it sounded was the important thing.
Now we have poetry jams and we still have to speak aloud, but now we focus on image relation more than actual sound. Altho' dub poetry is a sounded related modem it is not the flow of words in relation to each other.
But everything evolves and keeps coming round again, and everything is ageless. The poems in this book can fit into any time period and to any kind of audience Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, secular, atheist, whatever. The translator also suggests that the poets are against Sufis, but in these poems don't suggest that. What it does suggest is that Hafez and Jahan Khatun had the same kind of influence and not so for Zakani. Indeed one believes that Dick Davis favoured Hafez most as there are more of his poems than Khatun and Zakani.
Out of the three I have no favourites, they are all equally good, altho' Zakani's are coarse in nature.
View 1 comment. Aug 03, Nose in a book Kate rated it really liked it. Davis has written a good extensive but not dull introduction to the history and the poets, as well as the poetry. There are also end notes giving plenty of further analysis of the poems without interrupting the reading of the poems themselves. I also enjoyed the appendix of Davis has written a good extensive but not dull introduction to the history and the poets, as well as the poetry.
I also enjoyed the appendix of three tongue-in-cheek poems Davis wrote about the difficulty of translating Hafez! From historical records and those poems that do make it clear — by referencing body parts, for example — we know that it was common for poets of the time to write admiringly of attractive youths of both genders. It was also common as with some western poets of a similar era for references to a person to mean both a flesh-and-blood person and God, or to switch between the two.
Didn't realize until after I bought it that this is not only a collection of Hafez's poetry in translation, but a collection of Hafez's work and that of two of his contemporaries. Surprisingly, it's the poetry of Jahan Malek Khatun that shines brightest here--her poems are mournful and beautifully painful.
Davis made a curious decision in the curation of the Hafez portion, in that the poems he has selected get quite repetitive--either they're praise poems or they're poems denouncing the reign of Didn't realize until after I bought it that this is not only a collection of Hafez's poetry in translation, but a collection of Hafez's work and that of two of his contemporaries. Davis made a curious decision in the curation of the Hafez portion, in that the poems he has selected get quite repetitive--either they're praise poems or they're poems denouncing the reign of Mubariz al-Din, who ushered in an Islamic regime at the time.
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