The first collection of poems translated into English from the forbidden volume of the Divan of Rumi
• Presents Rumi’s most heretical and free-form poems
• Includes introductions and commentary that provide both 13th-century context and modern interpretation
After his overwhelming and life-altering encounters with Shams of Tabriz, Rumi, the great thirteenth-century mystic, poet, and originator of the whirling dervishes, let go of many of the precepts of formal religion, insisting that only a complete personal dissolving into the larger energies of God could provide the satisfaction that the heart so desperately seeks. He began to speak spontaneously in the language of poetry, and his followers compiled his 44,000 verses into 23 volumes, collectively called the Divan.
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