RUMI: SOUL FURY: RUMI AND SHAMS TABRIZ ON FRIENDSHIP -- a seminal collection of poetry from the medieval Sufi mystic and his “soul friend,” which illuminate the evocative and deeply spiritual dimensions of friendship and love
Rumi: Soul Fury: Rumi and Shams Tabriz on Friendship by Coleman Barks (2014, HarperOne; 272 pages)
The thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi and Shams Tabriz met in 1244, the year of the beginning of their mystical and divine friendship, despite their differences. Rumi was introspective, loving, and embodied peace and kindness, while Shams was wild and honest, and full of a fiery passion that the author, Coleman Barks, calls "soul fury." Barks brings us a stunning translation of Rumi´s quatrains and also of the wise Sayings of Shams Tabriz, giving language to the delight of true friendship.
In the Author´s Note on Translation, Barks explains how the short free-verse poems are versions of Rumi´s rubai, done from Gamard and Farhadi´s translations. He writes that making versions is a way of "entering, and praising, and bringing Rumi´s insights into my own life."
A renowned poet himself, Coleman Barks is also the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, and his job translating the Sufi mystic is probably one of the reasons why Rumi is the most read poet in America today.
This book is pure joy, an elegant and exquisite portrait of friendship. Recommended to those who love to escape to another realm when reading.
"There are those who love this physical world,
those who love spirit, and those who live inside what
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