Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Ghulam M. Fayez

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi.
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Critical Essay by Ghulam M. Fayez

SOURCE: Fayez, Ghulam M. “Images of the Divine in Rumi and Whitman.” Comparative Literature Studies 17, no. 1 (March 1980): 33-43.

In the following essay, Fayez analyzes the concept of “the Divine” in Rumi and Whitman and also argues, through close readings of several of Rumi's ghazals, against Whitman's “Chanting in the Square Deific,” “A Persian Lesson,” and “Song of the Rolling Earth” that Rumi's work was critical to Whitman's transcendentalism. Fayez notes that Whitman read Rumi’s poetry in Poetry of the East in 1865 and strongly identified with the medieval mystic.

Mystic poets like Rumi and Whitman reveal a more humane and democratic image of the Divine than, say, do theologians...

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