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Mystic Poets Series (4 vols.)

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Overview

Throughout the ages, humanity has endeavored to understand its place in the universe. In this collection, four mystic poets of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds examine the human experience from various eras in history. Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Victorian poet, uses startling metaphors to describe the journey of a searching soul. Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore explores divine love and heavenly desires. Walt Whitman, the father of free verse, calls for spiritual and social revolution. And Hafiz, the acclaimed Persian poet, addresses the longing that defines the human experience. From earthly beauty, to divine love, these influential poets explore the human quest for self-discovery.

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Key Features

  • Presents works by four influential poets
  • Provides introductions to each poet’s works
  • Includes notes on the context and influence of the poems

Product Details

  • Title: Mystic Poets Series
  • Series: The Mystic Poets
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Resource Type: Poetry
  • Topic: Literature and the Arts

Individual Titles

Whitman

  • Author: Walt Whitman
  • Series: The Mystic Poets
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 192

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Walt Whitman was the most innovative and influential poet of the nineteenth century. The self-proclaimed “American Bard,” Whitman challenged his contemporaries to resist conforming to society. Beneath his manifesto for social revolution lies a vigorous call for spiritual revolution as well. This sampling of Whitman’s most important poetry from Leaves of Grass, and selections from his prose writings, offers a glimpse into the spiritual side of his most radical themes—love for country, love for others, and love of self. Rich with passion, reverence, and wonder, this unique collection offers insight into Whitman’s quest for self-discovery, which involved an ongoing mystical experience of the world.

Walt Whitman (1819–1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Writing in the space between transcendentalism and realism, Whitman is regarded as America’s preeminent nineteenth-century literary figure and the father of free verse. He was born on Long Island and worked as a journalist, teacher, and clerk. He also served as a nurse in the Civil War. His poetry generated significant controversy in his day, though subsequent generations have received his work with near universal acclaim.

Tagore

  • Author: Rabindranath Tagore
  • Series: The Mystic Poets
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

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Nobel-prize winner Rabindranath Tagore is one of the most influential mystic poets and teachers of the last century. This volume comprises Tagore’s two most important works, The Gardener and Gitanjali, offering a glimpse into his spiritual vision that has inspired people around the world. Poems from The Gardener explore youth and earthly love, while excerpts from Gitanjali express divine love and Tagore’s difficulty in satisfying it. This unique collection offers insight into Tagore’s heavenly desires, his ongoing quest for Brahama Vihara, the joy eternal, and illuminates the remarkable diversity that made him a bridge between the spirituality of the East and West in the first half of the twentieth century.

Rabindranath Tagore (May 7, 1861–August 7, 1941) was a Nobel Laureate for literature as well as one of India’s greatest poets. He wrote successfully in all literary genres and published more than 50 volumes of poetry.

Hopkins

  • Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Series: The Mystic Poets
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 112 

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christian mystical poet, is beloved for his use of fresh language and metaphors to describe the world around him. His poetry’s themes speak to a searching soul and a desire to deeply understand the presence of God in all life. This sampling of Hopkins’ poetry offers a glimpse into his unique spiritual vision that continues to inspire readers throughout the world.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) was an English poet. He born into an English Anglican family, became a Roman Catholic, and entered the Jesuits. His verse displays remarkable abilities to see the world in original ways and to express mysticism in fresh language and startling metaphor.

Hafiz

  • Author: Hafiz
  • Translator: Gertrude Bell
  • Series: The Mystic Poets
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144 

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Hafiz is known throughout the world as Persia’s greatest poet. Considered by his contemporaries as an oracle and often referred to as “Tongue of the Hidden” and “Interpreter of Secrets,” Hafiz followed Sufism’s inner path on a quest to discover the hidden meaning of the universe. This selection of Hafiz’s poetry offers insight into his spiritual philosophy and mysticism that addresses the earthly beauty, pain, ecstasy, and longing that define human nature.

Hafiz (c. 1320–1389), whose name means “memorizer or reciter of the Qur’an,” is known throughout the world as Persia’s greatest poet. He was a Sufi and was known to his contemporaries by many reverential and mysterious titles, including “Tongue of the Hidden” and “Interpreter of Secrets.”

Gertrude Bell (1868–1926) was an adventurer, scholar, linguist, and British intelligence officer. Bell’s travels in the Islamic world of the Middle East in the late nineteenth century offered some of the first Western understandings of the culture and people of the lands of modern-day Iraq and Iran. Her translations of Hafiz’s poetry are still considered by many scholars to be the most faithful of any in the English language. Her introduction to the poet, and notes on the poems themselves, were all written from first-hand research and experience with the regions and the people who knew Hafiz’s poetry most intimately.