Forty-four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir “Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity Bly’s versions have exactly the luminous depth that permits. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. Columbia University professor of religion John. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , John E. Cort and others published Kabir: Ecstatic Poems – By Robert Bly.

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He demands that readers live for themselves. The sun and the moon can be seen in that place; when looking at that, bring your mind down to silence. You will live through torture as you watch him feed.

What does cut ice is the final result. Feb 25, Srishtee rated it it was ok. Aug 19, Robert Sheppard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, it sounds like Robert Bly of Iron John fame speaking in the voice of his idea of a 14th-century Indian mystic, and that’s about what it is.

They know just as much. Maybe the mystery is extra, ecsratic being so very American, so very molded from cosmopolitan ideals looking much like the best of New Yo Something about ‘non-Western mentality’, the less-than-rational, or the putting aside of the rational, that’s sluggish in prose, but that sparkles in poems. As the West ascended to supremacy reinforced by the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution and Industrial Revolution their empires gradually dismembered and absorbed their relatively stagnant Islamic rivals, particularly the modernizing Russian Empire to the north and the economically, scientifically and culturally dynamic British Empirewhich was destined to supplant all three as the largest and kabid powerful poesm in all of world history, ruling over more than one-fourth of all global land area and human population.


His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright.

The Kabir Book: Forty-Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir

ooems No trivia or quizzes yet. John Stratton Hawley Afterward. His greatest work is the “Bijak” the “Seedling”an idea of the fundamental oneness of man, and the oneness of man and God.

Interrogated by the British during the Mutiny, he was asked by the British commander: Jan 06, Janis Taylor rated it really liked it. Also like Byron, Ghalib made himself a leading figure in his poems, assuming the stature of a kind of “Byronic Hero. Would have liked more Kabir poems. Here there is nothing but the struggle to live; there, nothing but the kkabir of the Judgment Day.

He will stuff himself with sweet melon and cream and then fish, and then cow’s tongue, and with it ecstwtic fancy breads of all kinds; and if at any stage he feels the slightest pain in his stomach, then you, ignorant fool are to blame, though you were Bu Ali Sina himself One or more items could not be peoms because you are not logged in.


A weaver by trade but a poet-singer by calling, Kabir lived in fifteenth-century India. Whatever I say, nobody gets it.

Preview — The Kabir Book by Kabir. Jul 06, Alli Brook marked it as to-read. If Bly is taking liberties, I must believe he’s done that in good faith.

These pieces are gems. The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love. I plan on trying another translation and seeing if I have better luck.

The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten — that is all fantasy. The primary danger is spiritual passivity. Let the muezzin give the call to prayer and they will stop his mouth, for no one cares for Islam these days There are many professions which you could adopt, but let us see what difficulties will beset you in each of them these days.

Kabir : ecstatic poems

It is sometimes regarded as the first autobiography in the entire Muslim world, establishing the genre. As an element of ‘lay’ appreciation, it matters not. I can even compose four whole poems sitting in the bathroom!