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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II

This course covers classical Persian prose and poetry at an advanced level. Students are expected to be able to read, translate and analyse Persian prose and poetry, and to comment on the technical aspects of the work as well as its contents. The course focuses on developments in the style and content of the theme of wine and drunkenness. We will analyse the rhetorical techniques in a chosen set of classical poems, qasidehs, ghazals, roba’is, masnavis and emphasise particularly the lyric poetry of Hafez of Shiraz. There is also a focus on the vexing questions of interpretation and translation of poetry in general, specifically, versions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as well as on the different translations of Hafez’s ghazals.