Top 10 Best Classical Era Persian Poets

List of the greatest and most famous Persian poets in the classical literature era, between 850 AD (after two centuries of silence following the Arab conquest of Iran (Persia) and the rise of the first great Persian poet, Rudaki) and 1500 (the death of the last famous Persian poet, Jami, and the founding of the Safavid dynasty). There is also a gap after this period until the rise of Nima, the first great contemporary Persian poet in 1900, and then his followers.
The Top Ten
1 Ferdowsi (940-1020 AD)

Ferdowsi we are alive because of your efforts. without ferdowsi farsi will be destroyed. By 6000 verse you gave new heart to Iranian culture and society

Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi
Poet and the author of the epic of Shahnameh - the Persian "Book of Kings" - which is the world's longest epic poetry created by a single poet, and the national epic of Greater Iran and the Persian speaking world.

2 Saadi (1210-1291 AD)
3 Hafez (1325-1389 AD)

Fall in love before the world comes to end.

Hafez is the masterpiece of Persian literature.He is a big honour for Iranian people.We are going to support him and his poem.I hope the best dreams for hafez's spirit. the star of Persian literature

4 Mowlavi (Rumi) (1207-1273 AD)

He is not a good poet! He is the greatest poet in all over the world.

Rumi sahab not only in Persia but also in India is regarded one of the best poet of his era.

5 Khayyám (1048-1131 AD)
6 Nizami (1141-1209 AD)
7 Attar (1145-1220 AD)
8 Rudaki (858-941 AD)

Abu Abdollah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki
He is regarded as the first great literary genius of the Modern Persian, who composed poems in the "New Persian" alphabet. Rudaki is considered as a founder of Persian classical literature. His poetry contains many of the oldest genres of Persian poetry including the quatrain. Only a small percentage of his extensive poetry has survived.

9 Khaqani (1121-1190 AD)

Afzaladdin Badil (Ibrahim) ibn Ali Nadjar / Khaqani Shirvani
A Master of the language, a poet possessing both intellect and heart, who fled from the outer world to the inner world, a personality who did not conform to type - all this places him in the front ranks of Persian literature.

10 Sanai (1080-1141 AD)

He wrote an enormous quantity of mystical verse, of which The Walled Garden of Truth or The Hadiqat al Haqiqa is his master work and the first Persian mystical epic of Sufism.
Mowlavi (Rumi) acknowledged Sanai and Attar as his two primary inspirations, saying, "Attar is the soul and Sanai its two eyes, I came after Sanai and Attar." The Walled Garden of Truth was also a model for Nizami's Makhzan al-Asrar (Treasury of Secrets).

The Contenders
11 Jami (1414-1492 AD)
12 Anvari (1126–1189 AD)
13 Baba Tahir (1024-1093)
14 Amir Khusrau (1253-1325 AD)
15 Nasir Khusraw (1004-1088 AD)
16 Unsuri (963-1039 AD)
17 Daqiqi (935-977 AD)
18 Farrukhi Sistani (961-1037 AD)
19 Manuchehri (965-1040 AD)
20 Fakhr-al-Din Iraqi (1213-1289 AD)
21 Khwaju Kermani (1280-1352 AD)
22 Awhadi Maraghai (1271-1338 AD)
23 Fakhruddin As'ad Gurgani (998-1054 AD)
24 Ubayd Zakani (1300-1337 AD)
25 Asadi Tusi (999-1072 AD)
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