Home  »  library  »  BIOS  »  Sa’dī (c. 1213–1291)

C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sa’dī (c. 1213–1291)

Sa’dī (sä’dē). One of the celebrated Persian poets; born at Shiraz, about 1213; died in 1291. Besides his ‘Divan’ he wrote ‘Bustān’ or The Fruit Garden (1257), and ‘Gulistān’ or The Rose Garden (1258), his two masterpieces. The ‘Bustān’ is a didactic poem in ten cantos of double rhymed verse, treating of the highest questions of philosophy and religion: it abounds in sound ethical maxims and noble passages of philosophical speculation. The ‘Gulistān’ is in prose, with verses interspersed. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).