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Rumi: Poems

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The poetry of the medieval Persian sage Rumi combines lyrical beauty with spiritual profundity, a sense of rapture, and acute awareness of human suffering in ways that speak directly to contemporary audiences.

Trained in Sufism--a mystic tradition within Islam--Rumi founded the Sufi order known to us as the Whirling Dervishes, who use dance and music as part of their spirit
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Everyman's Library (first published April 1st 1258)
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Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
my Bosnian mom gave me this for my 16th birthday. I read Rumi everyday, if i didn't I'd be a giant asshole.
Yelda Basar Moers
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Everyman’s Library Rumi pocket edition (which I recently finished) is wonderful because it features poems from the various well-known translators of Rumi, including my favorites Coleman Barks, Kabir Helminski, and R.A. Nicholson. So it is a beautiful survey of the different translations of Rumi out there! The editor really wanted to do Rumi justice by featuring all the different translators and their poems. And it's a perfect small size to take anywhere! My favorite translator will always b ...more
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, own
i really enjoy reading this poet, his poems often require second glances to fully understand but that is the way it should be with all poetry
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always a beautiful experience to see the world through his eyes. I pity those who haven't the chance to meet Rumi yet.
Ruhat alp
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Human beings are equipped in the best possible way, both materially and spiritually. Potentially, a human being is able to achieve the level of "the best of creation," which is dependent on his ability to use and develop his endowment of spiritual attributes. Those who can escape from the material world and escalate toward the higher ranks of the heart and soul will experience this world in a different way, and they will become conscious of the secrets of creation.
Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi is one
Wafaa Abu Saadah
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I fought myself not to read one more piece of this until I read it all.
Laura Gessert
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I own this book I can read these forever and never get tired of them Wonderful translation.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I started this year with this book.
The chosen poems were all so good.
Although the last thing in the book I thought shouldn’t have been added to the book tbh specially since nothing matched it from the book.
but still, great book.
I’m looking forward to learn about this dude.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I carried this pocket edition around with me everywhere while I was travelling Morocco, and it was a perfect companion.

“Sit with your friends, don’t go back to sleep.

Don’t sink like a fish to the bottom of the sea.

Surge like an ocean,

Don’t scatter yourself like a storm.

Life’s waters flow from darkness.

Search the darkness, don’t run from it.

Night travellers are full of light,

And you are too; don’t leave this companionship.

Be a wakeful candle in a golden dish,

Don’t slip into the dirk like quicksil
Leeza Donatella
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Any book by Rumi will guide you in your daily life.
Always a recommended Read
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beyoncé and Jay-Z chose a good name for (one of) their twins. Rumi is a boss.

The most similar writer I know of is Chuang Tzu, but Rumi is more learned an intellectual than his ancient Chinese counterpart. These poems are by turns paradoxical, visionary, earthy, hilarious and passionate. I can't think of another poet I've read who wrote so many different kinds of equally successful verse. Though perhaps this edition gives an overstated sense of Rumi's variety, because it uses seven different tran
Maya Kenova
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rumi's poetry is simply timeless. Love and life radiate from every line.
Farah Al-Shuhail
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book will remain on my nightstand for the rest of my life!
Moshtaq Xani
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 07, 2011 added it
Shelves: poetry
Beautiful read. Rumi always speaks to me.
The best Sufi poet ever!
Brian Wilcox
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have much enjoyed Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi, over the last 2 decades plus, and this one is on a par, and having different translators provides a variety of styles. I found helpful to note the differences between the more literal and more free renditions. Also, the explanatory notes of some of the translators assisted in not only understanding the poetry but Isalm and mysticism within Islam.

While Rumi has become a popular read and known as Sufi, and rarely acknowledged as a devotee of
Hussein Gaafer
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It still (just as many of spiritual poetry books) requires further commentary to be well understood, it's not an easy read at all without it and i had to refer to internet to get more explanation for what I've been reading.
Gauher Raza
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soulful masterpiece
Karim Elayouby
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Offers a balance of different translations.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along."

It seems that only Rumi can define Love.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A lovely collection of poems.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
During the last couple of years, I came across tons of mesmerizing, thought-provoking quotes by the Persian poet Mohamed (D)Jalal ad-Din Balkhi Rumi. Rilke, like Rumi, is one of the very few poets that cannot do wrong for me. Although this bundle was a mixed bunch - with works ranging from rather odd to exquisite - Rumi managed to recall to my mind (even in translation, losing the 'untranslatable' rhyme scheme!) the beauty of words so delicately coming into bloom, so powerfully penetrating the s ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought that I'd have many more blown-away inspired moments with this, and I did have a few, but for the most part it just didn't resonate with me. As a reading from a different culture/religion, it was very interesting, but I often felt it would be better to read it in a class to get the full Islamic and then Sufi background and cultural context to understand the significance of the poems. The biggest theme, that truly to coming to know Gd is a shattering experience that transcends the ration ...more
Stal Holst
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”

Wow. Just wow. My scarce prior experience with poetry unfortunately didn't motivate me to seek out and read more.

This book changed that. It was a gift from my wife, and I was not thrilled at first to be honest. Then I started reading. This is what poetry should be. Inspiring, and reveals deep truths that one can't always put into words. Perhaps if Rumi had been my first experience with poetry I would've had an ent
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
how can you not be in love with such a refined beautiful poetry on love... on love, life, and the human heart and soul, with deep insight and magical words and images.

i didn't know how to update the status of reading this poem book, it's always on my bed table, continuously digging in it.

did i finish it ? not really, you can't finish reading great poetry.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good ..
Lakhvinder Kaur
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to read this book.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shrouq Karam
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally page 190 found my favorite poem.
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best and wisest poets who ever lived. Everything he wrote is unusual and beautiful.
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Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī - also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, "our master"), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, "my master") and more popularly simply as Rumi - was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic who lived in Konya, a city of Ottoman Empire (Today's Turkey). His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's lan ...more
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