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Redwood Library and Athenaeum
50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Regarded as the crown jewel in Persian culture, Persian literature has profoundly influenced the literature of regional powers including Ottoman Turkey and Muslim India as well as eminent Western men of literature such as Goethe and Emerson. Drawing on the work being undertaken at the Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, Mohsen Ashtiany, research scholar and associate editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, will lecture on the classical era of Persian poetry (800-1500), drawn from the volume by the same title, to be published shortly. His remarks will focus on Hafez of Shiraz, the beloved Persian poet, considered the greatest writer of ghazals, short lyrical poems (similar to Shakespeare’s Sonnets) — a form which he perfected. He will illustrate the vital role Hafez and the poetic form of the ghazal played within the rich tapestry of Persian literature.

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