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One of the Greatest Persian Books of All Time! Born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1184, Saadi is considered one of the greatest Persian poets of all time. Saadi’s two books, the poetic Bostan, or Orchard (in 1257), and the prose Gulistan, the Rose Garden (in 1258), are regarded as supreme accomplishments of Persian literature. The Persian literature and culture are deeply indebted to Saadi’s publications. The Bostan or Orchard is a description of Saadi’s travels and analysis of human mindset. It contains a beauty of poetry that has had an enormous impact on Persian literature and Persian everyday language. As Hart Edwards (one of bostan’s translators) once said “This book is full of practical spiritual wisdom.”
Most of the stories in Bostan have pretty obvious moral lessons. It’s a mine of proverbs, quotations and practical wisdom. The translation appearing in this book is provided by G. S. DAVIE, M.D. in 1882. This bilingual book can be useful for students and enjoyable for poetry lovers of any age. Not only will poems improve your Persian language, but they’ll help your understanding of Persian culture. Students will have ample opportunities to enrich their Persian learning experience and extend a range of language abilities through exploring these poems.