What we're about
People who know or want to know more of the poetry of Jalaloddin Rumi
I am reading The Spiritual Verses Penguin Classics edition.
I was led to it in a round-a-bout first by sampling some travel journals of Richard Burton (the explorer not the actor). This led to a more general interest in the culture and history of the middle east. Then a chance encounter of someone else reading '40 Rules of Love' by Elif Shafak (a fictionalized account of how Rumi became a poet). Which led to my current reading of Rumi's Masnavi(Spiritual Verses). I have read the first and second tales and have a hundred questions. I read The Song of the Reed and i immediately thought of an allusion from the Aeneid-would Rumi have known of it? Are the references to courtesy and hospitality reflective of the Qu'ran? Middle East culture? The tale in a tale and the mix of voices is this typical of other Persian poetry? Western - English poets influenced by Rumi? Or is poetic coevolution?
Anyone who is a native speaker of Persian and a lover of the poet? Any Sufi (dervish) members in meet up?
If you are a poet yourself i think you would value the discussions. The voices in the Masnavi-I have counted so far are seven. The rhyme in our English is so poor - in Persian I'm told it is sometimes _total_. Along the way I expect we will have to go a long way off usual paths-& may find in the end it was one our hearts knew before we began.