Reading Mystical Lyric

Reading Mystical Lyric

by Fatemeh Keshavarz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570035849

ISBN-13: 9781570035845

Pub. Date: 09/21/2004

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Jalal al-Din Rumi, a towering figure in the Persian-speaking world, is currently the most widely published poet in English translation. Yet despite the popularity of his verse, the majority of scholarship on his work focuses not on Rumi's poetry but on his contributions as a mystic. Fatemeh Keshavarz's pioneering study is the first extensive critical examination of…  See more details below

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Jalal al-Din Rumi, a towering figure in the Persian-speaking world, is currently the most widely published poet in English translation. Yet despite the popularity of his verse, the majority of scholarship on his work focuses not on Rumi's poetry but on his contributions as a mystic. Fatemeh Keshavarz's pioneering study is the first extensive critical examination of this vast, dynamic body of literature. Through close readings of the Divan, his collection of more than 35,000 lyric verses, she explores Rumi's extraordinary popular and critical literary success.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035845
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/21/2004
Series:
Studies in Comparative Religion
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

A note on transliteration and dating
1Rumi : the person and the poet1
2Rumi's lyrical output : historiography and analysis13
3The "footless" journey in "nothingness" : the power of illogical tropes31
4"How sweetly with a kiss is the speech interrupted" : Rumi's poetics of silence49
5"Wondrous birds grow from the palm of my hand" : the dynamism of imagery in the Divan72
6"A hundred drums are being played in my heart" : the intricacies of the sonic game100
7"The rhyme and the sophistry, let the flood take them all" : the rhythm of childhood in the quest for love118
8Turning the funeral into a whirling dance : remapping the generic horizons138

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