Persian Poetics Presents:
Very much I have traveled in many a clime;
And with many a person have utilized time.
I regretted, from all of those būstāns so fair,
To my friends empty-handed again to re-pair.
I said to myself that from Egypt they bear
Sugar-candy to friends, as an offering rare.
If none of that candy I brought in my hand,
Words sweeter than candy are mine to command.
-Saʿdī, on the Reason for Composing the Būstān (the Orchard)
Considered one of the greatest books of all time, Saʿdī Shīrāzī’s ‘Būstān’ (Orchard) is a compilation of worldly wisdom and Saʿdī’s life experiences. Completed in 1257, the work is four thousand couplets of poetry divided into ten chapters. Over teen weeks, we will read and break down this text chapter by chapter, elucidating the most meaningful anecdotes.
Saʿdī in a Garden
The first page of the Būstān
We’re looking forward to having you in class!
To worship’s naught but service and good deeds,