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The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems (Anglais) Broché – Séquence inédite, 17 septembre 2002
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“The best of Rumi’s beautiful and challenging imagery.” (Booklist)
“Coleman Barks’s Rumi translations [make] Rumi’s raptures accessible in language at once ordinary and lyrical.” (Yoga Journal)
“Rumi will transform you, in ways you didn’t know you needed transforming.” (Jerry Stahl, in Shout NY)
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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.
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I don't understand why the two books are so different in tone and rhythm! It's almost as though each book has a different translator/poet. In this "Soul" book, Barks seems to have lost his song. I just can't hear the rhythm. He breaks up all the verses into segments of monotonous two-line-one-space text that seem to trip and stumble. I can't get into this book. What happened to the music? What a great disappointment from "The Essential Rumi". Maybe it's just me, wrong to expect the same brilliance from the same translator/poet.
This volume is one of the clearest and most vibrant illustrations of the Ôwild heartÕ Rumi was and is. It is difficult to find superlatives which do justice to the beauty and towering vision this work contains. Every verse, every line seems to open, in some disarmingly simple way, vast new vistas of possibilities for the human spirit.
How good is this book? The highest accolade that can be given Barks is that his brief section introductions, frequently fodder in other volumes exploring Rumi, here are powerful and transformative in their own right. Each one sets up the following verses in a natural and seamless flow. BarksÕ light shines brightly, even in the rarefied company he keeps.
Get this volume and devour it. Then get another copy and give it to someone who is ready for the infinite freedom it open-handedly offers...