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An Invitation to continue the Dialogue…

“The greatest accolade of the two-hundredth anniversary of the West-Eastern Divan would be if this lyrical dialogue, which Goethe started with Hafiz, were to continue for another 200 years.”

– Barbara Haus Schwepcke, in her Publisher’s Note to A New Divan

Has reading about the New Divan project inspired you to respond to Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan in your own way? To compose your own poems inspired by his themes, translate a poem, or engage in another way? Perhaps you’d like to use the project as the springboard for your school’s literature class or a poetry workshop.

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