The Madman: His Parables and Poems [NOOK Book]

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Widely known in America as author of The Prophet, which sold more copies in the twentieth century than any other book but the Bible, the great Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) first became known to Americans in 1918 with the publication of The Madman.

Thought-provoking and inspiring, the book is a collection of memorable, life-affirming parables and poems, many of them casting an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind -- ...

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Overview

Widely known in America as author of The Prophet, which sold more copies in the twentieth century than any other book but the Bible, the great Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) first became known to Americans in 1918 with the publication of The Madman.

Thought-provoking and inspiring, the book is a collection of memorable, life-affirming parables and poems, many of them casting an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind -- and many reminiscent of the work of Tagore and Nietzsche, both of whom were strong influences on Gibran.

Among the 35 poems and parables in this volume are "How I Became a Madman," "The Two Hermits," "The Wise Dog," "The Good God and the Evil God," "Night and the Madman," "The Three Ants," "When My Sorrow Was Born," "And When My Joy Was Born," and many more. The book includes several illustrations by the author, whose exquisite drawings are reminiscent of Rodin and the best of Blake.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307957788
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 75
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), poet, philosopher, and artist, was born in Lebanon, a land that has produced many prophets. The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age. But he was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake. In the United States, which he made his home during the last twenty years of his life, he began to write in English. The Prophet and his other books of poetry, illustrated with his mystical drawings, are known and loved by innumerable American who find in them an expression of the deepest impulses of man’s heart and mind.
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Table of Contents

God 9
My Friend 11
The Scarecrow 14
The Sleep-Walkers 15
The Wise Dog 17
The Two Hermits 18
On Giving and Taking 20
The Seven Selves 21
War 24
The Fox 26
The Wise King 27
Ambition 29
The New Pleasure 31
The Other Language 32
The Pomegranate 35
The Two Cages 37
The Three Ants 38
The Grave-Digger 40
On the Steps of the Temple 41
The Blessed City 42
The Good God and the Evil God 45
"Defeat," 46
Night and the Madman 49
Faces 52
The Greater Sea 53
Crucified 57
The Astronomer 59
The Great Longing 60
Said a Blade of Grass 62
The Eye 63
The Two Learned Men 64
When My Sorrow Was Born 65
And When My Joy Was Born 67
"The Perfect World," 69
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    I really loved the poetry in this collection.

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