Reading Mystical Lyric

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570035845
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • 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
1 Rumi : the person and the poet 1
2 Rumi's lyrical output : historiography and analysis 13
3 The "footless" journey in "nothingness" : the power of illogical tropes 31
4 "How sweetly with a kiss is the speech interrupted" : Rumi's poetics of silence 49
5 "Wondrous birds grow from the palm of my hand" : the dynamism of imagery in the Divan 72
6 "A hundred drums are being played in my heart" : the intricacies of the sonic game 100
7 "The rhyme and the sophistry, let the flood take them all" : the rhythm of childhood in the quest for love 118
8 Turning the funeral into a whirling dance : remapping the generic horizons 138
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