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Kabir : ecstatic poems
Bly, Robert.
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[Revised edition, with a new afterword].
Publication Information:
Boston : Beacon Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xix, 104 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
"... based on poems in One hundred poems of Kabir, translated by Rabindranath Tagore, assisted by Evelyn Underhill (Macmillan)"--Preface.
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PS3552.L9 K25 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A thoroughly revised edition of the classic collection, with a new afterword by John Stratton Hawley and ten poems newly translated by Robert Bly.Originally published in 1976 and having sold more than 75,000 copies to date, Kabir is a classic. Now, we are proud to publish a revised, beautifully designed hardcover edition that includes 10 new translations.A weaver by trade but a poet-singer by calling, Kabir lived in fifteenth-century India. His philosophy incorporated the beliefs and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. Not only did Kabir influence these religious traditions, he was one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well.The power of Kabir's words come from his passion-and also from his humor. He is at once irreverent toward authority and amazed by divinity. He demands that readers live for themselves. 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 Stratton Hawley's new introduction places Kabir's work firmly into modern times, explaining the value of Bly's work with these poems. As our contemporary world struggles with political turmoil caused by religious beliefs, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.

Author Notes

Robert Bly is an award-winning poet, translator, and writer. He is the author of numerous books, and he has translated numerous poets into English. Bly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Table of Contents

John Stratton Hawley
Prefacep. ix
I The Gardener Is Comingp. 1
II The Wanting Creaturep. 19
III The Bride Wants Her Loverp. 37
IV The Guest Is Inside Youp. 53
Afterwordp. 77
Acknowledgmentsp. 103