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The seed of the word

Posted in Iran, Poetry by homeyra on April 9, 2009

“Magnificent Buildings will be destroyed
From rain and the radiation of the sun.”

“I founded a great palace of verse so high
That is impervious to the wind and the rain”

“Thus I won’t die that I am the eternal lord
As I’ve spread the seed of the word”

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This Iranian new year was marked by the annual celebration, near Masjid-e Soleiman – south west of Iran, of the Iranian poet Ferdowsi (935-1020) and the Shahnameh,  the Epic of Kings, which  narration is an important feature in the Bakhtiari culture.

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See also Classical Iranian Poetry: A Very Personal Introduction to Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh by Richard Jeffrey Newman

The Epic of Kings, English translation

Journal of Shahnameh studies

Previous posts: 1925, about the Bakhtiari tribe

Slide show of a Shahnameh narration

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  1. Pedestrian said, on April 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Hey! I know Masjed Soleyman! I’ve never been there, but it’s not too far from my hometown of Dezful/Iran.

    Thanks for posting these Homeyra jan … You don’t know how absolutely homesick I get around this time of year.

  2. bijan said, on April 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Lovely post, powmt, and pictures.

  3. homeyra said, on April 12, 2009 at 5:55 am

    P-jan, I hope that you are planning to come over sometimes during summer.
    Thanks Bijan-jan:)


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