Martin Bidney, professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, has published Poems of Wine and Tavern Romance: A Dialogue with the Persian Poet Hafiz (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013) pp. xxxi + 197. It features 103 poems by the 14th-century Sufi monk, translated by Bidney from the 1814 German version of Joseph von Hammer which inspired Goethe to reply with his 1819 West-East Divan (translated by Bidney in 2010). It also includes 103 “reply” lyrics by Bidney.
October 22, 2013