The Drop That Became The Sea

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The Drop That Became The Sea

Selected Lyric Poetry of Yunus Emre

Translated by Refik Algan & Kabir Helminski

Yunus Emre (d. 1320?), called the “greatest folk poet in Islam” (Talat Sait Halman), was an unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs which are still popular today. He was the first of a whole tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who sang of the Divine Presence, the Beloved, the Friend. His songs/poems convey a profound yet earthy spirituality. His subject is the Heart, the point of awareness where God is realized in us. “I've come to build some heart,” Yunus sings. We are proud to introduce this great poet to readers of English.

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Selected Lyric Poetry of Yunus Emre

Translated by Refik Algan & Kabir Helminski

Yunus Emre (d. 1320?), called the “greatest folk poet in Islam” (Talat Sait Halman), was an unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs which are still popular today. He was the first of a whole tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who sang of the Divine Presence, the Beloved, the Friend. His songs/poems convey a profound yet earthy spirituality. His subject is the Heart, the point of awareness where God is realized in us. “I’ve come to build some heart,” Yunus sings. We are proud to introduce this great poet to readers of English.

“The songs that sing to us from these pages are fresh and simple — and as deep as the Sea itself. What better to say of a book than it came when it was needed.” — Impressions

“The translators have done for Yunus Emre what Bly did for Kabir, Barks did for Rumi, and Pendlebury for Sanai.” — The Sound

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Cover

Paperback

Pages

96

Dimensions

5.5 x 8.5 inches

Publisher

Threshold Books

ISBN-10

0-939660-30-X