News ID: 251465
Published: 0259 GMT April 15, 2019

Persian poet Hafez commemorated in Italy

Persian poet Hafez commemorated in Italy

A conference on commemoration of Hafez was held in Rome in the presence of several advocates of Persian culture and literature. Participants reviewed great impacts of Hafez on Western literature including that of Goethe of Germany.

The one-day conference was held in the Venanzo Crocetti Foundation in cooperation with Iran’s Cultural Center in Rome, IRNA wrote.

Italian curator Giuseppe Ussani D'Escobar said in the conference that Hafez poems are seen in Goethe’s West–östlicher Divan (West–Eastern Divan); undoubtedly, Hafez has been a great influence on Goethe).

Stefano Pello’, Persian Language professor and translator of ‘The Divan of Hafez’ to Italian, said that Hafez is among the greatest poets of Iran and the world and suggested that Europeans, especially Italians, launch further studies about Hafez and learn philosophy of the great poet.

Shams-ud-Din Muhammad, popularly known by his penname Hafez, lived in Shiraz. His collection of poetry was compiled by his disciples and is known as ‘The Divan of Hafez’.

Khwaja Shams-ud-Din Mohammad Hafez Shirazi (1325–1389) was born and grew up in Shiraz. He memorized the holy Qur'an at an early age which earned him the nickname 'Hafez' (meaning memorizer or 'keeper').

His poetry is mostly about mystical themes and is commonly considered to be the zenith of Persian poetry.




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