25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
  1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Other titles in the Compass series:

The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting

The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi's poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

Coleman Barks's new translations of these powerful and complex poems capture Rumi's range from the ethereal to the everyday. They reveal the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy, where there exists not just the union of two souls, but the crux of the universe.

Here is a new kind of love lyric for our time-one of longing, connection, and wholeness.

Synopsis:

Tapping into a major, yet little-known theme of the 11th century poet's writings, this collection of new translations describes the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate, and reveals the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy.

About the Author

Called 'Jelaluddin Balkhi' by the Persians and Afghans, Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, then a part of the Persian Empire. Between 1215 and 1220, he and his family fled the threat of the invading Mongols and emigrated to Konya, Turkey; it was sometime after this that he became known as 'Rumi' meaning 'from Roman Anatolia'. His father, Bahauddin Walad, was a theologian and a mystic, and after his death Rumi took over the role of sheikh in the dervish learning community in Konya. Rumi pursued the life of an orthodox religious scholar until 1244 when he encountered the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. After an exchange of religious ideas Shams and Rumi became inseparable friends, transported into a world of pure, mystical, conversation. This intense relationship left Rumi's students feeling neglected, and, feeling the ill-will, Shams disappeared. After news of Shams came from Damascus, Rumi's son was sent to bring him back, and the mystical conversation, or sohbet, began again. After Shams' second disappearance (he was probably murdered), and a period spent searching for his lost friend, Rumi came to the conclusion that Shams was now a part of him. Further concluding that when he wrote poetry it was Shams writing through him, he called his huge collection of odes and quatrains The Works of Shams of Tabriz. Following Shams' death Rumi had two other mystical companions, firstly Saladin Zarkub, a goldsmith, and then, after Saladin's death, Husam Chelebi, Rumi's scribe and student. It was Husam that Rumi declared the source of his vast six-volume masterwork Mathnawi. After twelve years of work on this masterpiece Rumi died on December 17, 1273.

Colemam Barks taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. The translator of numerous Rumi works, his work with the poet was featured in an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141002316
Translator:
Barks, Coleman
Translator:
Ergin, Nevit Oguz
Author:
Rumi, Mevlana Jalaluddin
Author:
Ergin, Nevit
Author:
Rumi, Jalalu'l-Din
Author:
Rumi, Jalaloddin
Author:
Barks, Coleman
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
2000-209967
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.51x5.06x.38 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. The Red Line (Pitt Poetry) New Trade Paper $19.95
  2. The Selected Levis (Pitt Poetry Series) New Trade Paper $17.95
  3. Then, Suddenly Used Trade Paper $4.50
  4. Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved Used Trade Paper $6.50
  5. The Widening Spell of the Leaves... New Trade Paper $14.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Religion » Islam » Rumi
Religion » Islam » Sufism

The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 128 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141002316 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Tapping into a major, yet little-known theme of the 11th century poet's writings, this collection of new translations describes the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate, and reveals the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.