Divine Deviants: The Dialectics of Devotion in the Poetry of Donne and Rūmī

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 181 pages
Divine Deviants is a comparative study of the Persian Sufi poet, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1212-1273), and the English Metaphysical poet, John Donne (1572-1631). By focusing on the two schools of thought to which these poets belong as well as their individual poetic worldviews and styles, this book elucidates the different dimensions of the shared philosophy governing their poetry.
Bridging linguistic, cultural, religious, and philosophical barriers, Divine Deviants carefully illustrates that in the works of both Rūmī and Donne love symbolizes Beatific Vision and Truth. More generally, this book highlights the bonds between religion, mysticism, and literature and thus examines not only the interdependent issues in these disciplines, but also the invisible and yet profound closeness that exists in the representative works of the two literary and religious traditions.

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The Philosophical Fundamentals of Belief
Religious Obligation and Mystical Transcendence

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The Author: Manijeh Mannani is Lecturer of Comparative Literature and English Literature at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton (Canada). She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Alberta. She specializes in the poetry of the English Metaphysical poet, John Donne, and the Persian mystic, Rūmī. She has presented and published papers extensively in her primary and secondary areas of interest including cultural studies.

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