Today is August 3, 2009 and it's 9:30 p.m. I just came home from a poetry session at my church where I had such a wonderful time. It was so beautiful, and the discussion was so inspiring and elevating. We read romantic poems from Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). He was a Persian poet, and was well loved my many. We looked at one poem from the book The Essential Rumi, entitled No Room For Form. The pursuing discussion was very interesting. There were some individuals who disliked Rumi and some who abstained from stating their position; however, they gave feedback on the poem we read. My position is that the poem relates to Christianity more so than Islam.
Next, we discussed Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). She was such an awesome poet. There were many who classified her as a recluse because she was writing her poetry instead of hanging out and partying with the crowd. The lessons regarding her dedication are just striking. Look at her achievements now as in relation to those who tried to bash her. She is well remembered as one of the greatest poets of our time. Her contributions to the poetic craft will be well remembered for years to come. She even invented the dash before many had thought about it as a part of the English language.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was another awesome poet whom we discussed. Percy was definitely in love with the ladies. His fantasy really went beyond the bounds of human comprehension. This fellow was just awesome and a talented poet in portraying images and appealing to the sense of passion. He actually hid some of his fantasy love poems about other women from his wife.
Finally, we discussed Sappho (7th Century BC), who was an ancient Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. Sappho was just an awesome poet while communicating with Aphrodite. Listen to this line from Sappho to Aphrodite, "Lady of Cyprus, pour the nectar that honors you into our cups, gold, and raised up for drinking." Awesome, just awesome romantic poetry of love!
Submitted by "Epulaeryu Master."