Literati House to hold meeting on Waldo Emerson ‎

Publish Date : Thursday 10 January 2019 - 16:22
IBNA- A meeting titled “Ralph Waldo Emerson and Persian Poetry” will be held in ‎Tehran’s House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s book House Institute on Sunday, January 13. ‎
According to IBNA correspondent, Iranian expert Roshanak Akrami (PhD) will deliver a lecture on the ideas of the American philosopher and writer who had a special penchant for the works of Persian classic literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was also a poet himself who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

He was an admirer of Persian poetry. In his essays "Persian poetry" (1876, Letters and Social Aims), "From the Persian of Hafez", and "Ghazal", Emerson expressed admiration for Persian poetry, and through these writings became instrumental in creating a new genre of audiences for the unique qualities of Persian verse.

Addressing a poem of his own to the legendary Iranian poet and Sufi mystic Sa'di Shirazi, he compared Sa’di’s writings to ‘the Bible’ in terms of its wisdom and the beauty of its narrative.

Waldo Emerson provided the preface for Francis Gladwin's translation of Golestan, writes: "Sa’di exhibits perpetual variety of situation and incident ... he finds room on his narrow canvas for the extremes of lot, the play of motives, the rule of destiny, the lessons of morals, and the portraits of great men. He has furnished the originals of a multitude of tales and proverbs which are current in our mouths, and attributed by us to recent writers.”
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