Hafez The Great Shirazi Poet

Persian lyric poet Hafiz grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the 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 and also taught at a religious college. He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and 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, and many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.

His poetic talk can make you fall in love, be positive, have hope, recover after a heartbreaking situation, and most of all, live the moment. He lived centuries ago but still exerts a powerful influence today.

The Life of Hafez

Hafez is shrouded in mystery despite his profound popularity and influence on Iranian literature and culture. There are different ideas and comments about the early life of this great Shirazi poet and there is not a single source to rely on. This amazing poet lived in the 8th century, one of the most chaotic times in history. He knew all the science, religion, language, and literature of his time, he played a musical instrument, and most important of all, Hafez was a socialist and critic. That is why he mostly cared about society more than his poems.

Inspiration of Hafez

Hafez was influenced by the best writers of his time especially Omar Khayyam, who is also one of the most significant Iranian figures in mathematics, astronomy, and poetry.

Style and Talent of Hafez

Hafez’s primary style of writing was mystical poetry known as “Ghazal”. The “Ghazal” is a form of Arabic poetry that originates back in the 7th century. Hafez’s ghazals are often emotional and reveal the poet’s searching soul.

“We have not come into this exquisite world

to hold ourselves hostage from love

We have not come here to take prisoners,

but to surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy”

Influence of Hafez in Iranian’s Lives

You can see Hafez’s influence on Iranian’s life. People use his poems in Persian traditional music, visual art, and Persian calligraphy. He was the influence of post-14th-century Persian writing.

October 12th is celebrated as Hafez Day in Iran. Many scholars, writers, and his lovers from all over the world travel to Iran and celebrate this day in his mausoleum in Shiraz. They gather to read his poems, admit how great he was in poem writing, and how he mirrored the 8th century to many generations after that.

Divan-e Hafez

The book of Hafez is very precious to Iranians. Many Iranians use Divan-e Hafez for fortune-telling. Every Iranian family has it in their house, and when they get together during the Nowruz or Yalda Night, they open the Divan to a random page and read the poem on it, which they believe to be an indication of things that will happen in the future or it shows how a person feels at the moment.

Our beloved poet, Hafez was born in 1315 CE in Shiraz and died in this affectionate city in 1390 CE. After 64 years, in 1454 CE, a dome-like structure was built on his grave to honor him and his remarkable work.

Hafiz’s tomb is in Musalla Gardens in Shiraz.

Hafezieh – The Dome to Honor Hafez


The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master

In this book, Ladinsky claims came to him in a dream in which Hafez “sang hundreds of lines of his poetry to me in English, asking me to give that message to my ‘artists and seekers'”

Now is the Time, consistently attributed to Hafez, should therefore more properly be attributed to Ladinsky-channeling-Hafez. Ladinsky is hardly the first to make such a claim. Many people who visit Hafez’s mausoleum in Shiraz claim to receive messages and guidance from the poet and his association with the Divine encourages fortune-tellers at the site to offer their services, claiming Hafez’s spirit guides them.