- Editor: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
- Publisher: Interlink
- Pages: 96
- Illustrations: Full color throughout
- Dimensions: 6 3/4'' x 7 3/8''
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9781566569552
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Edited by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Translated by Sheila R. Canby
Love is a major theme in Persian poetry. It can be interpreted in various ways: as mystic love, the basis of the relationship between humans and God, passionate or affectionate love between lovers, husbands and wives, parents and children, family and friends-even as patriotic love of Iran. The literary style and indeed the Persian language itself are floral and elaborate, but the themes differ little from our notions of love and romance today.
This collection of extracts has been selected from the best of traditional and contemporary Persian poetry. Each poem is illustrated with a fine example of Persian art from the collections of the British Museum. With a brief introduction to the Persian poetic tradition and a short biographical note about each of the poets, this beautiful anthology is the perfect way to discover the treasures of Persian literature and art.
Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Middle Eastern Coins, British Museum, London.
Sheila R. Canby is Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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