The Love Poems of Rumi

Andrews McMeel Publishing
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The Love Poems of Rumi, as translated by Philip Dunn in this gorgeous little book, maintain the same emotional significance with readers today as they did seven centuries ago when originally composed by the Persian poet. 

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The heart is comforted by true words, just as a thirsty man is comforted by water.

Don’t hide your heart but reveal it, so that mine might be revealed, and I might accept what I am capable of.

If the heart isn’t there, how can the body speak?  If the heart doesn’t seek, how can the body seek?
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About the author

Philip and Manuela Dunn have created and authored many best-selling volumes, including Huston Smith’s Illustrated World Religions, Professor Stephen Hawking’s NYTimes Bestseller The Universe in a Nutshell, Thomas Moore’s The Illustrated Care of the Soul, plus their own works, which include The Illustrated Rumi (a new translation by Dunn et al), Prayer: Language of the Soul, Wonder Child: A Manual of Spiritual Childcare, The Buddha Box, Kama Sutra: The Erotic Art of Love, Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles, and many more.

The Dunn’s book publishing and packaging company is The Book Laboratory, Inc., located in Bolinas, California.
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Publisher
Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Published on
May 13, 2011
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Pages
80
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ISBN
9781449413248
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Inside A Lover's Heart There's Another World, And Yet Another

Rumi's masterpieces have inspired countless people throughout the centuries, and Coleman Barks's exquisite renderings of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic are widely considered the definitive versions for our time. Barks's translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterize Rumi's poetry, making this unique voice of mysticism and desire contemporary while remaining true to the original poems. In this volume readers will encounter the essence of Sufism's insights into the experience of divine love, wisdom, and the nature of both humanity and God.

While Barks's stamp on this collection is clear, it is Rumi's voice that leaps off these pages with a rapturous power that leaves readers breathless. These poems express our deepest yearning for the transcendent connection with the source of the divine: there are passionate outbursts about the torment of longing for the beloved and the sweet delight that comes from union; stories of sexual adventures and of loss; poems of love and fury, sadness and joy; and quiet truths about the beauty and variety of human emotion. For Rumi, soul and body and emotion are not separate but are rather part of the great mystery of mortal life, a riddle whose solution is love. Above all else, Rumi's poetry exposes us to the delight that comes from being fully alive, urging us always to put aside our fears and take the risk of discovering our core self:

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.

These fresh, original translations magnificently convey Rumi's insights into the human heart and its longings with his signature passion and daring, focusing on the ecstatic experience of the inseparability of human and divine love. The match between Rumi's sublime poetry and Coleman Barks's poetic art are unequaled, and here this artistic union is raised to new heights.

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