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Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor

Tehran Times Culture Desk


TEHRAN -- Hafez and Goethe connected the philosophy of West and East, the mayor of Shiraz Mehran Etemadi mentioned in a commemoration ceremony at the Hafez Tomb.


Held on Tuesday, the ceremony was a part of the Western-Eastern Divan Festival which is held in two stages; one in Shiraz and the other in Weimar, Germany.

An Iranian ensemble organized by the Shiraz Municipality and a number of Goethe admirers from Germany attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Etemadi acknowledged other cultural and literary figures that were from Shiraz including Iranian world renowned poet Sadi and the Iranian philosopher Mulla Sadra who is the foremost representative of the illuminationist.

`Shiraz is interested in improving friendship with Weimar and is asking you to convey our message of peace and love to Weimar`s citizens,` he told the German audience at the ceremony.

Goethe introduced Hafez to German literature and he was so fascinated by Hafez that he composed the Western-Eastern Divan after reading Hafez, the event`s artistic director Klaus Gallas mentioned at the ceremony.

`The Weimar Orchestra planned to perform concerts during this event, however they were canceled due to Iran`s Presidential elections but I hope the performances will be held in the near future,` he added.

The 35-member German group will also visit Rey, Isfahan, Jolfa, Yazd, Naiin and Tehran.

A 15-day Iranian culture program is another part of the festival, which will take place in August in Weimar.

The Western-Eastern Divan is originally the title of an 1819 collection of poems in a quasi-Persian style by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) who lived in Weimar and is revered as Germany`s greatest poet, dramatist and novelist.

Photo: German delegation of the West-Eastern Divan Festival pays tribute to Hafez at his tomb in Shiraz during a ceremony on June 17, 2009. (Mehr/Mohammad-Hossein Nikpur)

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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 08:50:17 PM »
I can see a Nietsczhe Zoroastrian festival next year.
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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 08:58:19 PM »
I can see a Nietsczhe Zoroastrian festival next year.

That will probably turn out to be literally true.  :o

Funny place, Weimar ... that's where the allies met to impose a new, and disastrous form of "democracy" on defeated Germany after WW1.


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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 09:16:00 PM »
I bet if they had met Hamburg they would have called it the Hamburger Republic.
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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2009, 03:11:32 AM »
Has anybody managed to read Göthe's West-Ostliche Diwan?
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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2009, 04:25:46 AM »
Has anybody managed to read Göthe's West-Ostliche Diwan?

I certainly haven't.

What is it another one like Dracula (the curse of the unread?)

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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2009, 05:07:22 AM »
It should be a hate crime!
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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2009, 06:11:15 AM »
 ;D
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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2009, 07:44:05 PM »
Hamburger Republic...  8)  That sounds funny.

Mc Hamburgers in Hamburg are not doing the same brisk business as they
are doing in North America.

There are other much tastier reasonably priced delicacies. 

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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2009, 08:06:12 PM »
Has anybody managed to read Göthe's West-Ostliche Diwan?

Sorry, no, I have not read it.
"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done".
...Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with.

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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2009, 11:57:58 PM »
The topic is actually quite intresting. I'll post something later

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Re: Hafez and Goethe connect philosophy of East and West: Shiraz mayor
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2009, 12:45:39 AM »
That'll be good. I look forward to it.  8)

By the way, Eid Mubarak.
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