notes on hafez, rend and rendi

the rend and his way of life, rendi, are concepts central to the poetry of hafez. the rend forgets himself with the wine of remembrance- he has not time- let alone patience, for the preacher and his sermons on morality and piety. nothing is more sacred than time with the beloved, who likes to be entertained. this is different from the self-denial of the ascetic as well, who fails to forget himself, and like all but the ardent lover, is thus guilty of hypocrisy. only the self-forgetfulness of wine can save one. why?- because only the beloved exists! the rend’s notorious behavior is full of grace.



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