Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems

Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems

5.0 1
by Robert Bly
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) fought tradition and celebrated a woman's right to an independent life in her ecstatic poems. Her royal family arranged an early marriage for her, but she felt a marriage to Krishna was more important. As a…  See more details below

Overview

Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) fought tradition and celebrated a woman's right to an independent life in her ecstatic poems. Her royal family arranged an early marriage for her, but she felt a marriage to Krishna was more important. As a result, her life became a model of social defiance and spiritual integrity.

During her lifetime, Mira's reputation spread across her country. She was known as a woman of immense talent and devotion. By the time she died in 1550, she was considered a saint. People across India recited and danced to her poems, and they still do today. In this collection, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, two of America's best poets, have created lively English versions of Mirabai's poems, using fresh images and energetic rhythms to make them accessible to modern readers. Their work makes clear that Mirabai's poetry transcends her time and culture.

Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley provides an afterword to the volume that discusses what is known of Mirabai's life and reputation. With a historian's precision, he shows how Bly and Hirshfield's versions belong to a tradition of reinterpretation and rephrasing that is already centuries old.

Mirabai comes to life through the impressive interpreting of her poems by Bly and Hirshfield. The poems feel as fresh today as they must have felt when this amazing woman sung them herself five centuries ago.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807063866
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
08/20/2004
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bly is the author of The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, a book of poems in the ghazal form, as well as ten other collections of poetry. He has published several books of prose, including Iron John and The Sibling Society. Recently published, The Winged Energy of Delight is a gathering of poems by twenty-two poets from various languages that Bly has translated over the last forty years. Bly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MikeNOLA504 More than 1 year ago
Well what can you really say about Mirabai? Her intense craving, desire and love for Krsna is passionate, sensual and completely pure. Reading her poems to Him, about Him, is a glimpse into the highest platform of love.