Sa'eb of Tabriz (1592-1676)

Sā'eb Tabrizi

Mirzā Mohammad Ali known by the name of Sāe'b Tabrizi and famous with the name of Mirzā Sā'eb, was born in Tabriz in 1592. He was the greatest composer of ghazal and the famous Iranian poet of his time.

Sā'eb spent his childhood ad Esfahan and learned the literary, intellect and narrative sciences and the art of calligraphy from the masters of that city. Sāe'b is a mystic poet and admirer of Moulavi and Hāfez, a popularizer and creator of content, attentive to detail and a deep communicator.
His ability to create new and beautiful combinations and metaphors generates an interesting astonishment. His poetry is the mirror of all the facets of the soul and of the various feelings of humanity. Sa'eb is also called a mono-distal poet.
He during his life went to the Mecca, in Medina, in India, in Herat, and in Kabul. He was a prolific poet, the number of his poems was estimated from 60 thousand to 120 thousand verses. His works, except three four thousand verses of qaside and a short and incomplete masnavi entitled "Qandahār nāme" (Journey to Kandahar) and two-three qet'e, are all composed of ghazal; the totality of his poems is made up of qaside, ghazal and masnavi.
Sā'eb has also composed verses in Turkish. Examples of his calligraphy are still preserved in the library and in the national museum Malek in Tehrān. Sā'eb died in Esfahān in the year 1676 and his mausoleum is located in his private garden named "Bāgh-e Tekkye" in the street Sā'eb of Esfahān. This place is one of the city's tourist attractions.

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