John Payne

John Payne

About John Payne

John Payne was an english poet best known for his translations of Boccaccio's Decameron, The Arabian Nights and the Diwan Hafez. Payne argues that Hafiz takes the "whole sweep of human experience and irradiates all things with his sun-gold and his wisdom". Payne once said that Hafez, Dante and Shakespeare were the three greatest poets of the world.
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