Essay Topic 1
The concept of translating poems from one language to another is tricky as one can never be sure whether the translation is 'right.'
Part 1: Do you think that an accurate translation is better than one which is more thoughtful?
Part 2: How do you think a poem might change during the course of being translated?
Part 3: Why do you think Coleman Barks thought it necessary to translate these poems?
Essay Topic 2
The story of Shams and Rumi is one which plays out from one page to the next in this book, a story of friendship and the sharing of knowledge.
Part 1: Why do you think Shams and Rumi got along as well as they did?
Part 2: Why do you think Rumi still felt the need to be competitive with Shams?
Part 3: Do you think all relationships are competitive on some level? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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