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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Rumi Poetry Club (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985056800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985056803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About Translator: Rasoul Shams first learned of Rumi’s poems in his Persian classes as a young boy growing up in Iran. The works of Rumi and other Persian poets have been his spiritual companions for over three decades. His life and education are rooted in both East and West. He is currently translating another Rumi anthology from the original sources.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Earth Poet and Reader on March 19, 2012
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Some first impressions about this new Rumi book. The title of the book reminds us of Erich Fromm's classic work, The Art of Loving (1956). This new volume displays Rumi's life and poetry from the perspective of what love is and how it transforms us on our journey of life and spiritual quest. The book has a variety of contents: essays, poetry, and wisdom stories, all of which revolve around Rumi's basic message of love and compassion and joyful living.
The book has three parts. Part One (Understanding Rumi) consists of two essays. The first essay is an informative biography of Rumi (A Messenger from the Sun) based on scholarly sources. The second essay is about Rumi's poetic thought (The Path of Love in the Ocean of Life). These two essays as well as the glossary of terms that come at the end of the book are very helpful materials to readers to better understand Rumi's poetry.
Part Two contains 144 short poems (four-lined poems or quatrains) which the translator has categorized under twelve chapters (each chapter having twelve quatrains): On the pain and joy of longing; The search; Who am I?; The beloved's face; Die to yourself; The art of living; Night secrets; Water of life; Fire of love; Unity and union; Peaceful mind; and Rumi on his life, poetry and death.
A very important feature of the book is that the translator has also given the Persian reading of these poems in Romanized letters; in this way, the interested reader can also recite the poem in the original rhythm and language. Coming from the pen of a Persian-speaking translator, the book offers more of Rumi's original poetry. In the Sources and Bibliography, the references to the original sources of the translated poems (from Rumi's Divan-i Shams) are recorded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Richard Nelson on March 29, 2012
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For quite a while now I have been thrilled by the works of Rumi. But always wondering...how much of the so-called translations are the works of poets, well-intentioned, but who know nothing of Farsi (let alone ancient Persian!)...a re-imagining if you will. To be able to read these stunning quatrains while at least being able to see the transliterated words below, to get a sense of the patterns and rhythms Rumi intended...well, it's the Real Deal. No serious student of Rumi can afford to be without this volume!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florin R. Nielsen on January 5, 2013
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it is refreshing to meet a translator who places his work beside that of the original Persian. Since first reading Rumi's poetry, I have searched for someone who reads Persian, was raised learning about Rumi and though realizing the limitations one faces in translating centuries old verse into modern English has stayed as close to the original creation as possible. Rasoul's sensitivity to metaphor in both Persian and English is what make this book a must read.
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