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Rumi the best selling poet in United States.

Rumi, the best selling poet in United States..

Jala-u-Din Rumi, also known as Maulana Room was born in 1207 in Balakh Afghanistan and died in Turki. Rumi was the greatest sufi Persian poet of that era.

Even hundreds of years after his death, Rumi’s work is still read, recited, sung with music, and inspired by novels, poems, music and film.

Rumi
Rumi

Millions of copies of medieval Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi’s poetry have been sold and are being sold in the United States and around the world over the years. He was born 813 years ago in the year 1207 and even today there is no shortage of his fans all over the world including in his own country.  inspite of hundred years, Rumi’s still best selling poet in United States.

 

 

Rumi’s early life and Biography

Gooch is a critics,  known for his critical work on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor. “The map of Rumi’s life spans 2,500 miles,” says Gooch. Rumi started his journey from his birthplace Balkh. This place is now in Tajikistan. From there he traveled through the Uzbek city of Samarkand to Iran and Syria, where he studied in his youth in Damascus and Aleppo.

Rumi’s Last Days

His last stop was Konya, Turkey, where Rumi spent the last 50 years of his life. Today, devotees and heads of state gather at Rumi’s tomb every year on December 17 to commemorate his death.

Change in Rumi’s Life

There came a moment in Rumi’s life in 1244 that changed his life completely. This was the moment when he met Shams Tabriz, a free-spirited Sufi.
“At the time, Rumi, 37, was a traditional Muslim preacher and scholar following in the footsteps of his ancestors,” says Gooch. But the electronic friendship between the two lasted for three years when they remained lovers and beloved [or] disciples and sheikhs, which was never clear. The Romans became Sufis. Shams disappeared three years later, perhaps because “one of Rumi’s jealous sons may have killed him, and possibly taught Rumi an important lesson in Hajj.”

Literature of Rumi

Rumi confronted this Hajar with a lion. All his writings are between the ages of 37 and 67. In it, he wrote about 3000 (love songs) for Shams, Prophet Muhammad and praise of Allah Almighty. He wrote two thousand quatrains and sections. He wrote a spiritual epic Masnavi in six volumes.

Even hundreds of years after his death, Rumi’s poetry still read, recited, sung with music, and inspired for novels, poems, music, and movies. His views appear in the form of YouTube videos and tweets.

Inner vision

To be honest, Rumi is a poet of joy and love. His words come as a result of the separation and love of the sun and the remembrance of the Creator and death. Rumi’s message transcends all boundaries and communicates. I once saw a bumper sticker with a Rumi line on it: ‘There is a field between right and wrong. I will meet you there.

Rumi a Persian poet
Rumi a Persian poet

“Rumi is one of the most mysterious and provocative poets and personalities of our time,” says Annie Waldman, a professor of poetry at the University of Naropa. When we go out to understand the power, they grip us.. From Sappho to Walt Whitman, he is one of the most outspoken. “Beyond the constraints of time, space and culture, Rumi’s poems prove their eternity,” says Lee Bricity, executive director of the Poetry House and co-sponsor of the National Library Series on Rumi in the United States. And they help us find our own love and understand the joys of everyday life. ” She compares Rumi’s word to Shakespeare in terms of its ‘resonance and beauty’.

Saying of Critics about Rumi.

Coleman Barks, who revived Rumi by translating Rumi’s words into the United States and making Rumi a “bestseller” in the United States.  He says that Rumi is blessed with permanence because of the “amazing freshness of his imagination.” Yes, and there is a strong desire that arises from it. His sense of humor and wisdom are also hidden in his game.

In 1976, the poet Robert Blai presented Barcus Coleman with a copy of AJ Arbury’s Roman translation of Cambridge. He says, these poems need to be released from the cages.” Barks took them out of strict academic language and transformed them into American-style independent poetry. Since then, Barclays has produced 22 volumes in 33 years of translation, including The Essential Romeo, A Year with Romeo, Romeo. The Big Red Book, and The Spiritual Diary of Romeo’s Father, The Drowned Book, and all these books. Published by Harper One. It has sold over 2 million copies and also translated into 23 languages.

800 years ahead of its time

I think there’s a strong global movement going on right now.  A spirit that seeks to end sectarian violence and the boundaries set by religion,” Barks said. People of all faiths came to Rumi’s funeral in 1273 because they said they strengthened our faith. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.
Javed Mujaddidi, a medieval mystic scholar at Rutgers University and an award-winning translator for Rumi, says: ‘Rumi was an experimental innovator among Persian poets and a Sufi saint. Presenting mystical ideas in bold poetic attire is the key to their popularity today.  That’s why Rumi is the still best poet in United States.

Mujaddidi says that the first of Rumi’s four major inventions is to address the reader directly, which was rare at the time. I think modern readers find themselves well-adjusted to this direct speech.

The second thing he tries to teach: “Rumi’s poetry attract all the readers of inspirational literature

.” Third, their use of everyday imagery. And fourth, in his ghazals, there’s  a strong hope of connecting with the beloved. The tradition here is to describe the cruelty of the beloved and make it unattainable, but the Romans celebrate the connection with the beloved.

As new translations emerge, his words resonate. Rumi’s influence will remain. These poems and catchy words remind us how poetry can be a lasting part of everyday life.

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