Science of Love

Poems by Attar, Saadi, Hafez

Poetry - Inspirational
346 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2014
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Reviewed by Naga Chokkanathan for Readers' Favorite

Persian literature is known for excellence in many genres, mainly in the area of poetry. Within poetry, there are many Persian masters who wrote wonderful lines on the subject of love. This book is a collection of poems from three such masters: Attar, Saadi and Hafez. Their poems are selected and translated by Makan Rohi. It is published as a volume titled Science Of Love.

While there are many poets from Persia, why take these three poets in particular? There is an interesting story behind this. Imagine love is there in a high building. You need to climb up the stairs to reach it. But, you don't know where the stairs are. Even if you can find it somehow, you wouldn't know how to climb, Even if you climb, you wouldn't know where to enter. This is where three poets come to our rescue. It is believed that Attar's poems will help us find where the staircase is. Next, you will get help from Saadi on climbing up the staircase, and Hafez will help you reach the destination.

When you read this wonderful collection of poems, you start believing this theory. Makan Rohi's modern translation helps us appreciate the masters' thoughts in a crisp and clear manner. This volume contains many poems, and some stories written in a poetic language. But the common thread is love. It is wonderful to note that their writings are applicable even to love today, which is supposed to have changed a lot. But the truth is, love remains the same, only the exterior changes, while the feelings (and hence poetry) will be common across centuries. This collection of poems will be a great gift to anyone who likes and appreciates love and/or poetry.