The Eye of the Prophet

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Frog Books, 1995 - Philosophy - 138 pages
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Kahlil Gibran is known to Western readers for his phenomenally successful poem The Prophet, which sold over six million copies worldwide since its publication in 1923. The Eye of the Prophet is a startling new collection of Gibran's writings translated from Arabic into French and now to English. Here Gibran is the poetic, philosophical moralist, grounded in Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity, questing for the best in humanity, refusing to separate man from the natural world. The ordinary work and life of man has the potential to be inherently noble, Gibran believes, if man could only enact his affairs with the sublimity of nature's creations. His descriptions resound with the great dignity and freedom of animals, birds, the seasons, oceans, clouds. Sometimes amazingly modern, he calls on men to value women as mother, sister, and friend, not as a possession to dominate. He is a poet's eye; he abhors the "tentacles of government" and calls on citizens to question all ideologies. He hopes for a Lebanon free of strife and calls to account politicians and power-seekers to value the common man, woman, and child and their need for peace. Gibran writes about life's great moments and passages (The First Kiss, The First Glance, The Mystery of Love, Youth); eternal essences (Earth, The Nature of Woman, Marriage, Love, Truth, Poetry) and grapples with nationalism, religion, and spiritual growth. The Eye of The Prophet blends Christian, Moslem, and Buddhist ideals into a great spiritual tapestry that transcends all cultural divisions.

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Gibran, author of The Prophet, here offers reflections on such varying topics as life, love, courage, liberty, truth, and understanding that are designed to uplift the soul in everyday living. This edition contains illustrations by the author. Read full review


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This is a collection of Lebanese poet Gibran's writings translated into English. The main theme of these selections is that our life and labor are inherently noble. "Life streams out of a man's inner ... Read full review


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Kahlil Gibran is known to Western readers for his phenomenally successful poem The Prophet, which sold over six million copies worldwide. He was born in 1883 in Lebanon and lived in the Middle East until 1921, when he moved to the United States. Written in Arabic, his books have been translated into twenty languages. Poet, philosopher, and artist, he was compared by August Rodin, the French sculptor, to William Blake.

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