HAFEZ: Vincent Van Gogh


HAFEZ: Vincent Van Gogh
by Hafez for Beginners


We are in the middle of responding to a recent Blog on this site, trashing Hafez as a
paedophile. Sometimes, to answer, you just go off on a tangent and do
more of what you believe in. I've learned that from Hafez. And I have
always wanted to honor the parallels in Hafez's beauty and the beauty of
Van Gogh's art and writings

Vincent Van Gogh wrote delectably,  something many people aren't aware of. His letters and thoughts to his brother Theo - with John Hurt's voice as "Vincent", are documented in a movie I can't recommend enough. (VIcnent: Life and Death of Van Gogh) It's just exquisite.

I have often thought that if Vincent and Hafez were to have ever met, they would have been the best of friends. The below quotes from Van Gogh, are words that could very well have come out of the mouth of Hafez himself:

-- "A good picture is equivalent to a good deed."

-- "An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm hear for his fellow men."

-- "I think that everything that is really good and beautiful, the inner, moral, spiritual and sublime beauty in men and their works, comes from God, and everything that is bad and evil in the works of men and in men is not from God..."

-- "It is better to be high spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent."

-- "The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."


In today's Blog - "Stars" are the theme. How they inspired both the poet and the artist - and shone some hope onto their lives,  and fed their longings. Literally for Vincent, and the "star" of his life, for Hafez.


ستاره ای   بدرخشید و ماه  مجلس شد

دل  رمیده ما را  رفیق  و  مونس  شد

Setareh-i bedarakhshid o mah-eh majless shod

Del ramideh-yeh ma ra rafigh o mouness  shod

A star appeared and became our community's hope and moon

Comforting our disillusioned and broken hearts not a moment too soon



"Starry Night" is one of his best known paintings and Vincent has a beautiful quote on why and when he paints the stars"

"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion, then I go out and paint the stars"

The thought of  these "stars", real or metaphoric,  bringing solace to  both Hafez and Vincent, inspired this Blog. I have no doubt they would have made the best of friends if ever had they lived in the same time and place. They are both "stars" in my life.



Finally, thank you Don McLean for this wonderfully inspired tribute to Vincent, and "Starry Nigh" - that I'm posting for your pleasure here. Artists invigorate each other in a continued chain -  and this song is a wonderful testament to how from the depth of one soul, another is inspired and ultimately creates.

Afsaneh Mirfendereski








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Albaloo: Glad you found the topic interesting. What fascinates me is the connectivity we find among like minded souls in the world of art, poetry, music, and beyond. I truly find Hafez and Vincent to be kindred souls.


Very Interesting.

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Very Interesting.

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Nazy Kaviani: Khanoum, thanks for the lovely poem. Have you seen the lovelyAssar song using the same poem? - I'm posting it for you... Your kindness was appreciated and felt. Afsaneh



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دَرین اَثر ما تصویری میبینیم که دیدِ اِنسانی‌ و طبیعی ندارد (تعدادِ ماه‌ها و خورشید‌ها و همینطور ستارگان نزدیک به هم و تقریباً درهم وتصادف با یکدیگر! ) و کاملاً مشخّص است که فَراتر از رُومانتیسیسمْ است و شاید پُلی‌ بینِ اِکسپرسیونیسمْ و دنیای خاصّی‌ دیگر که تنها در افکار نیچه میگُنجَد و بَسْ !

شاید تَشابهِ شیخِ ما و این نقّاش درین باشد که هر دو فروتن بودند و هر چند که دیوانه در عالمِ ماورای خود (..و از فهمِ ما خارج) و هر دو خود را اشخاصی‌ از این دنیا نمیشناختند و هر دو از خاکیان بودند و تمام.

با سپاس از مطلبِ شما.

Nazy Kaviani

برای افسانۀ عزیز و ادیب.

Nazy Kaviani

برای افسانۀ عزیز و ادیب.

زان یار دلنوازم شکریست با شکایت

گر نکته دان عشقی بشنو تو این حکایت

بی مزد بود و منت هر خدمتی که کردم

یا رب مباد کس را مخدوم بی عنایت

رندان تشنه لب را آبی نمی‌دهد کس

گویی ولی شناسان رفتند از این ولایت

در زلف چون کمندش ای دل مپیچ کان جا

سرها بریده بینی بی جرم و بی جنایت

چشمت به غمزه ما را خون خورد و می‌پسندی

جانا روا نباشد خون ریز را حمایت

در این شب سیاهم گم گشت راه مقصود

از گوشه‌ای برون آی ای کوکب هدایت

از هر طرف که رفتم جز وحشتم نیفزود

زنهار از این بیابان وین راه بی‌نهایت

ای آفتاب خوبان می‌جوشد اندرونم

یک ساعتم بگنجان در سایه عنایت

این راه را نهایت صورت کجا توان بست

کش صد هزار منزل بیش است در بدایت

هر چند بردی آبم روی از درت نتابم

جور از حبیب خوشتر کز مدعی رعایت

عشقت رسد به فریاد ار خود به سان حافظ

قرآن ز بر بخوانی در چارده روایت

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