Hafez

Hafez

(1325 – 1329) Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī, own by his pen name Hafez, was a Persian poet who "laud[ed] the joys of love and wine [but] also targeted religious hypocrisy."His collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran, who learn his poems by heart and still use them as proverbs and sayings. His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-14th century Persian writing more than any other author.