Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems

Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems

Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield


Mirabai is a literary and religious determine of mythical proportions. Born a princess within the area of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is most often identified) fought culture and celebrated a woman's correct to an autonomous existence in her ecstatic poems. Her royal relatives prepared an early marriage for her, yet she felt a wedding to Krishna used to be extra vital. for that reason, her lifestyles grew to become a version of social defiance and religious integrity.

During her lifetime, Mira's attractiveness unfold throughout her state. She used to be often called a girl of large expertise and devotion. by the point she died in 1550, she was once thought of a saint. humans throughout India recited and danced to her poems, and so they nonetheless do this present day. during this assortment, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, of America's top poets, have created full of life English types of Mirabai's poems, utilizing clean pictures and lively rhythms to cause them to available to fashionable readers. Their paintings makes transparent that Mirabai's poetry transcends her time and culture.

Columbia college professor of faith John Stratton Hawley offers an afterword to the amount that discusses what's identified of Mirabai's lifestyles and popularity. With a historian's precision, he exhibits how Bly and Hirshfield's models belong to a practice of reinterpretation and rephrasing that's already centuries old.

Mirabai involves existence in the course of the extraordinary examining of her poems by way of Bly and Hirshfield. The poems suppose as clean at the present time as they have to have felt while this outstanding girl sung them herself 5 centuries in the past.

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