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A year with Rumi : daily readings /

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Other Authors: Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273., Nicholson, Reynold Alleyne, 1868-1945., Arberry, A. J. 1905-1969.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

Coleman Barks has played a central role in making the Sufi mystic Rumi the most popular poet in the world. A Year with Rumi brings together 365 of Barks's elegant and beautiful translations of Rumi's greatest poems, including fifteen never-before-published poems.

Barks includes an Introduction that sets Rumi in his context and an Afterword musing on poetry of the mysterious and the sacred. Join Coleman Barks and Rumi for a year-long journey into the mystical and sacred within and without. Join them in recognizing and embracing the divine in the sublime, in the ordinary, and in us all.


Review by Library Journal Review

Barks, himself a poet, is one of the great contemporary popularizers of the 13th-century Sufi mystic poet Rumi, now certainly jockeying with Rilke for top position as the people's poet. Rumi's verse speaks ecstatically of the love of God; he eludes easy categorization, which is doubtless why he appeals to so many both in the Islamic world and in the West. These translations are not new but are newly disposed to fit a calendar year, and the intensity and strange majesty of Rumi is not thereby diminished. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Coleman Barks was born on April 23, 1937, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1972 he has taught English at the University of Georgia at Athens.

Barks received the New England/Breadloaf Quarterly Narrative Poem Prize and the Southern Poetry Review's Guy Owen Award. His collections of poetry include The Juice and Gourd Seed. Barks is perhaps better known as a translator of the poet Rumi, a thirteenth century Mystic. Rumi is cpnsidered the greatest mystic of the Sufi religion and wrote extensively in Farsi, the language of Iran.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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