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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42715 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Course Description

Learning one or two, famous, short Persian poems in each class session, most of them ghazals by Hafez (d.c. 1390), the most famous Persian lyric poet in history. The course makes easy a subjec which most native speakers of Persian describe as very difficult. By the end of the course, students car read hafezian ghazals with ease, perhaps with greater ease than those native speakers of Persian who talk about how difficult or impossible it is to "understand Hafez. Each text in the course syllabus comes with an English translation and relevant notes about the poet's life and times, the poets debts to earlier Persian pets, Sufism, and suc features of traditional persian poetry as rhyme, meter, and figures of speech.

Grading Policy

Class participation (60% of course grade) and a short termpaper in Persian (40% of the course grade) presenting a personal impression of a sing Hafezian ghazal (undergraduate students) or a critical paper in English or Persian (40% of the course grade) making use of published secondary sources, analyzing a single Hafezian ghazal (graduate students). The course has no final examination.


A packet of texts, translations, and notes called "Hafez Course Syllabus," available for urchase at Paradigm Books on the first day of the course. Included in the packet os a copy of chapters from Michael Hillmann's Hafez: The Persian Poets Poet (draft manuscript)


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