Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition
New World Library, 2006 - Poetry - 215 pages
The thirteenth-century poet Rumi is just one voice in the poetry of Sufism, the timeless Persian mystical tradition. The poems and epigrams collected in "Love's Alchemy" represent all of the major poets, including Rumi, of this magnificent art. While many recent bestsellers have been interpretations from other English translations, Sabrineh and David Fideler work from the original Persian sources. The book offers faithful yet elegant translations from 170 of the best poems written in "ruba'i" form: concise, tightly focused meditations that span only four lines, but which reveal worlds of meaning. The poems explore many aspects of human life and the spiritual path, but center on the liberating power of love. Also included are an extensive introduction, a glossary, and notes that place these wonderful poems in cultural, historical, and religious context.
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Review: Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi TraditionUser Review - Ivan Granger - Goodreads
Another very good collection of Persian Sufi poetry. This book focuses on poems and poets that are not as well known in the West. A good place to discover some new names. Read full review
Review: Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi TraditionUser Review - Judith - Goodreads
Translations undertaken with love. I admire the authors; it's so difficult to stay true to original works while making them accessible to others. Thank you, David and Sabrineh Fideler, for building a bridge between us 21st centurists and these Sufi masters! Read full review