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Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing [Kindle Edition]

Coleman Barks , John Moyne , Nevit Ergin , Reynold Nicholson , M. G. Gupta
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms—erotic, platonic, divine—and Coleman Barks presents the best of them in this delightful and inspiring collection. Rendered with freshness, intensity, and beauty as Barks alone can do, these startling and rich poems range from the "wholeness" one experiences with a true lover, to the grief of a lover's loss, and all the states in between: from the madness of sudden love to the shifting of a romance to deep friendship to the immersion in divine love. Rumi, the ultimate poet of love, explores all "the magnificent regions of the heart," and he opens you to the lover within. Coleman Barks has made this medieval, Persian-born (present-day Afghanistan) poetic and spiritual genius the most popular poet in America today. This seductive volume reveals Rumi's charms and depths more than any other.

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“Another perfect gem from the master translator of Rumi’s poetry.” (Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Chasing Rumi)

“It’s a mystery how heart can come into apparently simple English.” (Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet and translator)


"It's a mystery how heart can come into apparently simple English."--Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet and translator

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Y2R0G6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Is Some Kiss We Want 22 Aug. 2005
Coleman Barks once again translates the words of Rumi with respect, good nature, a bit of humor, and a deep understanding of this 13th century mystic and poet. A renowned poet and something of a mystic himself, Coleman Barks leads us through his book as a constant and caring companion. He begins each chapter with his own touching stories, guidance, and expert explanations for the material he lays out. One simply cannot come away from this book without having some sincere appreciation for the devotion and dedication Coleman Barks has for another poet's words.
In "Rumi: The Book Of Love: poems of ecstasy and longing", we are led deep into the regions of the soul, where love is both Universal and Divine. It is a love that beckons us to shed our own image and concepts of ourselves, in exchange for a love that is so vast and joyful, its eloquence can only be experienced rather than explained.
How can we know the divine qualities from within? If we only know through metaphors, It's like when children ask what sex feels like and you answer, "Like candy, so sweet." (88)
Rumi seems to realize mankind is comprised of many faiths, and he mentions many of them with dignity and respect. Yet Rumi's own experience takes him beyond religion, even his own. He often exchanges the word "God" with "Friend", and refers to himself and others who have achieved his enlightened state as "Lovers".
Rumi's words and sublime wisdom ring true for us, as he shares his knowledge of the God-Friend in a both Universal and personal message. We are extremely fortunate to have the poetry of this selfless and compassionate mystic reach us through the fragile, and often forgetful, span of time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Jane
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have several books of rumi-s magnificent poetry, awe-inspiring...great ...wonderful of art in every word and vivid pictures he paints. Rumi-s books seems to inspire so many people to write so much about his works the poet himself, although wrote many words .....Kept his philosophy simple. So I will try.

It is more comprehensive than some of the other books, who just give one verse snippets from the longer poems; a snap shot of delights they may be but frustrating if you want more. This edition supplies a little more. A wonderful book offering, a little of something for everyone but still not the complete edition I was looking for......

My only grief and it is a small one, is that I cannot share the full version of my favourite poems with friends when reading aloud.....Especially Zuleikha and or the these wonderful lines from A great wagon.... (The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you - don't go back to must ask for what you really want -don't go back to sleep. ) for example are not included?.....That said I still recommend it ... There are other pearls on offer to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord of poetry 15 July 2011
I am enamored of this book for within a few pages, my eyes can see these poems are alive. Rumi, the 13th century Sufi master, has found his modern vocal through poet Coleman Barks - I can't read the original language but from those translations I found the poems to be poignant, vital and awakening. This book is divided into 22 chapters of ecstatic readings with Mr. Barks commentaries preluding each section initiating a discourse where a diverse of poems are included. In the discussion of "Sohbet", regarding the retreats where poets dwell and the jobs that poets do, Emily Dickinson's celestial lines are quoted:

Of visitors, the fairest.
For occupations, this:
The spreading wide my narrow hands
To gather paradise. (11)"

The Lord of poems is no mystic to those who've experienced epiphany. His words have escaped the time and the restrictions of death. Such poems are enlightenments:

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an ax to the prison wall.
Escape. Walk out
Like someone suddenly born into color.
The speechless full moon comes out now. (33)"

My sister sent me this gift of poetry on my birthday and whatever she wishes to say is well-expressed by this BOOK OF LOVE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor introduction to Rumi 1 July 2014
Poor translations and uneccessary personal stuff from Coleman. Much better to go to better quality translations of Rumi without someone elses opinions and inputs. Reading Rumi is an incomparable mystical education in itself as his spiritual guidance is always active and available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for a friend of mine going through a horrble breakup...lots of wonderful insightful and moving stuff...totally gorgeous. She was very pleased with it. The condition was a little shabby though considering it was classed as 'new'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poetry! 3 Jan. 2011
By Diana
An amazing gift for someone you love or a great purchase for yourself. Philosophical, funny, sincere, melancholic, joyful and optimistic - Rumi never fails to evoke the emotions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Translations of Rumi 23 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Without doubt, Rumi is the greatest mystic poet the world has ever known. The more we get good translations of his amazing poems the better. The only reason that I have given these excellent translations less than the full marks is that when I compare the translations with the incomparable originals I feel that there is more than can be done. However, I strongly recommend this book to all the lovers of Rumi, Persian poetry and mysticism
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Published 10 months ago by M. L. Pillai
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Published 12 months ago by Michael Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars ....
This was a resent for the girlfriend, I have not got much of a clue on what this book is about but she liked it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nick Mav
5.0 out of 5 stars Love poetry
Another book of love poems? Yes, but with a twist of Rumi, who makes it all his own. Some very beautiful verses.
Published 20 months ago by poppywoo
3.0 out of 5 stars ?
I ordered this book, however, the pages were not good quality, all various sizes and messily cut at the edges.
Published 20 months ago by sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumi for all
Those who know Rumi's poetry will find the usual wonderful perspective. Those who don't will descover a whole new world.
Published 21 months ago by Silvia Pio
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't fault it - beautiful paper too!
Hey, the works of Rumi are amazing anyway, but even better when you are reading the gorgeous poetry on these very beautiful sheets of irregular paper. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lorraine K
5.0 out of 5 stars recommed
A beautiful book of love poems,a must have to feel such a part of this book ,worth the cost. thanks
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