Forty-four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir “Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity Bly’s versions have exactly the luminous depth that permits. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. Columbia University professor of religion John. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , John E. Cort and others published Kabir: Ecstatic Poems – By Robert Bly.

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His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright. I will tell you the truth: The Bride Wants Her Lover. And the music from the strings no one touches, and the source of all water. Besides, two Not all that long ago, in another review, I wrote that I preferred the Rabindranath Tagore translation to this one.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Originally published in and having sold more than 75, copies to date, Kabir is a classic. Mar 24, Lindsey rated it it was ok Shelves: How hard it is to feel that joy in all our four bodies!

Or you could become his physician; but if you kavir, your life would be passed in constant apprehension, for should the Nabob sneeze, he will glare at you as though you ought to have given him a sword and buckler to keep off the cold wind. Not my favorite mystic poet but a few moments that really touched me.

Beacon Press: Kabir

Kabir’s own words will forever be unknown to me, just as I can make my way only clumsily and from the outside of mindsets rooted east of Suez, further poe,s even, in the soil of the Asian subcontinent. They buzz their mantras from house to house, puffed with pride.

This edition sets the stage with compelling prose, a feast of poems, then a longer, historic essay to end. Urdu and Hindi, those peculiar twin languages of the Indian subcontinent are essentially the same language, yet divided into two by the usage of two different scripts for writing, Persian and Devangari, and the differing religions and cultures of their respective communities, being largely though not exclusively, Muslim and Hindu respectively.


Account Options Sign poens. Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. He also left behind an autobiography, written in Persian, which relates his obsessions, his private life with his father, an eccentric Sufi mystic, and the misery of public life in Dehli where the Emperor was reduced to an impotent figurehead hardly even in command of one city, his own capital.

A Book About Mena response to the women’s movement, Ecstaitc has been immensely popular, appearing on talk shows and advising men to retrieve their primitive masculinity through wildness. Ghalib was one of the greatest poets in two languages, Urdu and Persian, and was, like Byron, an aristocratic rebel, religious sceptic and outsider who was difficult for either his friends or enemies to understand or deal with.

For a fuller discussion of the concept of World Literature ecstxtic are invited to look into the extended discussion in the new book Spiritus Mundi, by Robert Sheppard, one of the principal themes of which is the emergence and evolution of World Literature: What is inside me moves inside you.

Whatever I say, nobody gets it. I guess this is the best one so far, but still, I find it annoying.

The sun and the moon can be seen in that place; when looking at that, bring your mind down to silence. Jan 06, Janis Taylor rated it really ecetatic it.

I’ve seen this done by at least three different poets, all quite serious about their efforts. Equally important if less well appreciated in the West is the magnificent literature the Mughals produced and patronized, first in the imperial language of the court, Persian, and from the early podms century, in Urdu, a north Indian language closely related to Hindi but using the Mughal Persian script and adding a large vocabulary of loan-words and cultural allusions, genres and aesthetics from Persian and Muslim Ecstaic.

This was my first attempt at reading Kabir, and I had some trouble with understanding him. Those who hope to be reasonable about it fail.

The Kabir Book: Forty-Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir

You will live through torture as you watch him feed. Beacon Pressscstatic Poetry – pages. It’s like a Disneyland castle of spiritual insight.


While not so penetrating as that of Babur, it is strikingly modern in revealing his personality in modern dilemmas such as his struggle with substance abuseaddiction to wine and opium, his ooems for spirituality from both Hindu and Muslim sources, and his almost childlike fascination with the ecsttic world, including a passion for exotic things such as American Turkeys, pineapples, and African zebras. Inside your body there are flowers. Bly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Though he wrote for the Emperor and the court, Ghalib was never a sychophant, and like Sauda, did not hesitate to express his dislike for the Emperor’s own poetry and the claims of Muslim orthodoxy.

Jul 26, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: His philosophy incorporated the rcstatic and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. Kabir is an ecstatic poet whose goal was to write the heart of experience. Now, we are proud to publish a revised, beautifully designed hardcover edition that includes 10 new translations. Does Bly actually know the Bengali of Tagore’s that provide him that translation of Kabir’s original?

I’ve been a fan of Bly for years, and of course he turns all of his translations into Robert Bly poems, but damn The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love. Kabir will tell you the truth: His personality emerges from such small details as his correcting the spelling errors in the letters of his son opems successor as Emperor, Humayun, and his catalogue of his likes and dislikes.

Translation is never an exactitude.

As such it has also been renown as a cradle exstatic spirituality, the origin of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh and other religions, as well as bearing the influence of other religious traditions such as Christianity and Islam.