Sohrab Sepehri (1928–1980) is not nearly so well known in the English language as he deserves to be. Very few of his poems have been translated, and there does not yet exist a translated collection of his works. However, in the world-wide Persian community, his poems are well loved and known by heart. He is considered crucial in the development of modern Persian poetry. He is one of the first to use free verse, and he closely follows Rumi in his contributions to poetic spirituality.