The essential Rumi / translated by Coleman Barks, with John Moyne, A.J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson.
- Standardized Title:
- Selections. English. 1997
- Edison, NJ : Castle Books, 1997.
302 p. ; 22 cm.
- Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273 -- Translations into English.
Sufi poetry, Persian -- Translations into English.
- Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the year 1207 and until the age of thirty-seven was a brilliant scholar and popular teacher. But his life changed forever when he met the powerful wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz, of whom Rumi said, "What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being." From this mysterious and esoteric friendship came a new height of spiritual enlightenment. When Shams disappeared, Rumi began his transformation from scholar to artist, and his poetry began to fly. Today, the ecstatic poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi is more popular than ever, and Coleman Barks, through his musical and magical translations, has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to devoted followers. Now, for the first time, Barks has gathered the essential poems of Rumi and put them together in this wonderful comprehensive collection that delights with playful energy and unequaled passion. The Essential Rumi offers the most beautiful rendering of the primary poetry of Rumi to both devoted enthusiasts and novice readers. Poems about everything from bewilderment, emptiness, and silence to flirtation, elegance, and majesty are presented with love, humor, warmth, and tenderness. Take in the words of Jelaluddin Rumi and feel yourself transported to the magical, mystical place of a whirling, ecstatic poet.
- On Rumi
Note on the organization of this book
Tavern: Whoever brought me here will have to take me home
Bewilderment: I have five things to say
Emptiness and silence: Night air
Spring giddiness: Stand in the wake of this chattering and grow airy
Feeling separation: Don't come near me
Controlling the desire-body: How did you kill your rooster, Husam?
Sohbet: Meetings on the riverbank
Being a lover: Sunrise ruby
Pickaxe: Getting to the treasure beneath the foundation
Art as flirtation with surrender: Wanting new silk harp strings
Union: Gnats inside the wind
Sheikh: I have such a teacher
Recognizing elegance: Your reasonable father
Howling necessity: Cry out in your weakness
Teaching stories: How the unseen world works
Rough metaphors: More teaching stories
Solomon poems: Far mosque
Three fish: Gamble everything for love
Jesus poems: Population of the world
In Baghdad, dreaming of Cairo: More teaching stories
Beginning and end: Stories that frame the Mathnawi
Green ears everywhere: Children running through
Being woven: Communal practice
Wished-for song: Secret practices
Majesty: This we have now
Evolutionary intelligence: Say I am you
Turn: Dance in your blood
Note on these translations and a few recipes.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-302).
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2 have dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2)
- Penn Chronology:
- Barks, Coleman.
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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