Ali Salami

Anthology of Persian Poetry

Anthology of Persian Poetry covers a wide range of poems from different poets of diffrenet ages Persia. All poems have been translated by Ali Salami unless stated otherwise. Persian poets such as FerdowsiSaadiHafizAttarNezami, Rumi and Omar Khayyam are also known in the West and have influenced the literature of many countries.

Selected Persian Poems

Knowledge is truly thy source of might;

Old hearts grow young again through this ray of light

  • Ferdowsi (c. 935— c. 1020–26)

توانا بود هر که دانا بود/ ز دانش دل پیر برنا بود

Human beings are limbs of one body indeed,

In creation of one single soul and seed

  • Sa’di of Shiraz (c. 1213—Dec. 9, 1291)

بنی آدم اعضای یک پیکرند/که در آفرینش ز یک گوهرند

In this earth, in this earth, in this farm of purity,

We shall but plant the seeds of love and of serenity

  • Rumi

ر این خاک در این خاک در این مزرعه پاک/ بجز مهر به جز عشق دگر بذر نکاریم



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