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Translations of Rumi’s poetry have been enthusiastically received by the English-speaking world. He speaks directly to the heart, allowing readers to feel that they know him intimately. And yet, the full flavor of his lightness and humor, his wordplay, and his Islamic references has often gone untranslated. Rumi’s poetry is direct and immediate, but it’s also measured, sub ...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by Morning Light Press
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Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
OK, in my lifelong search for the closest approximations in English to Rumi's poetry and spirit, after reading Nicholson's translation of The Mathnawi of Rumi in the very late 60s in Berkeley, and this so many years and experiences and travels later, including a visit to Konya where Rumi is buried, and imbibing the poems of my shayhkh, Muhammad ibn al-Habib, may Allah be pleased with him, in his presence in Morocco, this little book for me packs the strongest whallop. The introductions are thems ...more
Sandra
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you Google "Rumi" -- well, if you Google "Rumi" right now you'll quickly find out that Beyonce's new baby is named Rumi -- but if you look for Rumi on Amazon.com, you'll see that the first four of five books of Rumi's poetry are Coleman Barks's versions.

I've had Barks's "translation" of the poems for a long time, but I've never been comfortable with them. The guy doesn't read Persian; therefore, calling him a translator is an error. And his renditions use very modern language, metaphor, and c
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Joanne Rixon
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The translations are quite good and I love the bilingual format! I read a lot of modern English language poetry, sometimes with a little influence from other languages. But poetry in translation from hundreds of years ago is a whole different beast, and it took me a little to get into the nature of Rumi's poetry, which is a bit zen in its contradictions.

Maybe that's not surprising for a mystic.

Once I got the rhythm of it, I quite liked the book. It probably helped that I was reading it slowly,
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