Kabir: Weaver's Songs

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Penguin UK, Oct 21, 2003 - Poetry - 328 pages
Knowledge ahead, knowledge behind, knowledge to the left and right. The knowledge that knows what knowledge is: that’s the knowledge that’s mine. —Bijak, sakhi 188 One of India’s greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist and philosopher, a poet of timeless wit and wisdom. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, his songs have won devoted followers from every walk of life through the past five centuries. He was a Muslim by name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam, Bhakti and Yoga, religion and secularism. And his words were always marked by rhetorical boldness and conceptual subtlety. This book offers Vinay Dharwadker’s sparkling new translations of one hundred poems, drawing for the first time on major sources in half a dozen literary languages. They closely mimic the structure, voice and style of the originals, revealing Kabir’s multiple facets in historical and cultural contexts. Finely balancing simplicity and complexity, this selection opens up new forms of imagination and experience for discerning readers around the world.
 

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Contents

About the Author
The Fabric of the Text
The Thread of Authorship
Sixty Threads in the Warp
Poems from the Northern Texts

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Vinay Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the author of "Cosmopolitan Geographies: New Locations in Literature and Culture" (2001) and a book of poetry, "Sunday at the Lodi Gardens: Poems" (1994). He is the editor of "The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry" (1994) and "The Collected Essays of A. K. Ramanujan" (1999), and the translator of a collection of Kabir s work called "Kabir: The Weaver s Songs" (2003).

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