The Soul of Rumi

The Soul of Rumi

A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

Book - 2001
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Inside A Lover's Heart There's Another World, And Yet Another

Rumi's masterpieces have inspired countless people throughout the centuries, and Coleman Barks's exquisite renderings of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic are widely considered the definitive versions for our time. Barks's translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterize Rumi's poetry, making this unique voice of mysticism and desire contemporary while remaining true to the original poems. In this volume readers will encounter the essence of Sufism's insights into the experience of divine love, wisdom, and the nature of both humanity and God.

While Barks's stamp on this collection is clear, it is Rumi's voice that leaps off these pages with a rapturous power that leaves readers breathless. These poems express our deepest yearning for the transcendent connection with the source of the divine: there are passionate outbursts about the torment of longing for the beloved and the sweet delight that comes from union; stories of sexual adventures and of loss; poems of love and fury, sadness and joy; and quiet truths about the beauty and variety of human emotion. For Rumi, soul and body and emotion are not separate but are rather part of the great mystery of mortal life, a riddle whose solution is love. Above all else, Rumi's poetry exposes us to the delight that comes from being fully alive, urging us always to put aside our fears and take the risk of discovering our core self:

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.

These fresh, original translations magnificently convey Rumi's insights into the human heart and its longings with his signature passion and daring, focusing on the ecstatic experience of the inseparability of human and divine love. The match between Rumi's sublime poetry and Coleman Barks's poetic art are unequaled, and here this artistic union is raised to new heights.

Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2001.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060604523
0060604522
9780060604530
0060604530
Branch Call Number: 891.5511 JALAL AL
Characteristics: xvii, 425 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barks, Coleman

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Ambroseélon
Jan 31, 2015

This is my first exposure to Rumi. Barks approaches the material with humility and love. The wisdom and poetry found on these pages speaks directly to my soul.

The commentary is savory, non-distracting, and grounding as the translator gives context for some of the curious elements.

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