Love and the Turning Seasons India's Poetry of Spiritual & Erotic Longing
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- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 04/11/2017
- Publisher: Counterpoint
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This wonderful collection spans 2,500 years, and includes work originally sung or recited by India’s well-known bards: Kabir, Mirabai, Lal ded, Vidyapati, and Tagore. There are also poems from the upanishads, ancient sanskrit poetry, and punjabi folk lyrics. The poets have largely emerged from the ranks of the dispossessed: leather workers, refuse collectors, maidservants, women, and orphans. Their vision is of a democratic society in which all voices count, much like American gospel and blues, shaker songs, or the grand vision of Walt Whitman. often they faced persecution for speaking candidly, or daring to speak of spiritual matters at all. The notes include profiles of these legendary lives. several of these poets simply vanished, absorbed into a deity, or disappeared in a flash of purple lightning. A few produced miraclesmost of them are surrounded by clouds of mystery.
Andrew schelling has drawn on the work of twenty-four other translators, including ezra pound, Robert Bly, W.s. Merwin, Jane Hirschfield, and denise Levertov, to build the finest anthology of India’s erotic and spiritual poetry ever assembled for the general reader.