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The Bustan of Sadi: A Literary Masterpiece Translated from the Persian with an Introduction

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The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction
The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction

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Language : English
Paperback : 24 pages
Item Weight : 1.59 ounces
Dimensions : 5.85 x 0.06 x 8.27 inches
File size : 179 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 115 pages

The Bustan of Sadi is a collection of over 2,000 verses written by the Persian poet Sadi in the 13th century. It is considered one of the greatest works of Persian literature and is still widely read today. The Bustan is a didactic poem, meaning that it is intended to teach moral lessons and provide guidance for living a good life. It is written in a simple and accessible style, and its stories and parables are both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Themes of the Bustan

The Bustan covers a wide range of themes, but its central focus is on the importance of living a virtuous life. Sadi emphasizes the importance of justice, honesty, generosity, and compassion. He also warns against the dangers of greed, envy, and pride. In addition to its moral teachings, the Bustan also explores themes of love, friendship, and the nature of God.

Style of the Bustan

The Bustan is written in a simple and accessible style. Sadi uses a variety of literary devices, such as metaphors, similes, and hyperbole, to make his points clear and memorable. He also uses a variety of rhyme schemes and metrical patterns to create a pleasing sound. The Bustan is a beautiful and moving work of art that has inspired generations of readers.

Translation of the Bustan

The Bustan has been translated into many languages, including English. One of the most popular English translations is by Arthur John Arberry. Arberry's translation is faithful to the original Persian text and captures the beauty and wisdom of Sadi's poetry. Here is a selection of translated verses from the Bustan:

If you have a morsel of bread, give half of it to the hungry, And if you have a garment, give half of it to the naked.

Do not befriend a fool, For he will bring you nothing but sorrow.

Do not be proud of your wealth or your power, For they are both fleeting.

Seek wisdom from the wise, And follow the path of righteousness.

God is the only true friend, And He will never forsake you.

The Bustan of Sadi is a timeless masterpiece of Persian literature. It is a work of wisdom and beauty that has inspired generations of readers. If you are interested in learning more about Persian literature or in finding guidance for living a good life, I encourage you to read the Bustan.

The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction
The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction

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Language : English
Paperback : 24 pages
Item Weight : 1.59 ounces
Dimensions : 5.85 x 0.06 x 8.27 inches
File size : 179 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 115 pages
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The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction
The Bustan of Sadi / Translated from the Persian with an introduction

5 out of 5

Language : English
Paperback : 24 pages
Item Weight : 1.59 ounces
Dimensions : 5.85 x 0.06 x 8.27 inches
File size : 179 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 115 pages
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