Friday, 7 December 2012

The Individual in Poetry and Prose

Please choose some of the following texts and discuss their views of the self!


Li Bai, "Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain":

Muhyiddin Ibn al-Àrabi, "Tigris Song":

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi, "A Moment of Happiness":

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi, "All through Eternity":

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi, "A Stone I Died":

Hafez, "For Years my Heart Inquired":

Hafez, "Ode 44":

Kabir, "I Won't Come":

Kabir, "Plucking your Eyebrows":

Kabir, "Chewing Slowly":

Kabir, "His Death in Benares":

Emily Dickinson, "They Shut Me up in Prose":

Emily Dickinson, "I Dwell in Possibility"

Mirza Ghalib, "Ghazal":

Khalil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice - 15":

Khalil Gibran, "A Tear and a Smile":

Rabindranath Tagore, "Fruit-Gathering 55":

Rabindranath Tagore, "I Asked of Destiny":

Rabindranath Tagore, "Sing the Song of the Moment":

T.S. Eliot, "The Four Quartets" (please focus on: "Burnt Norton")

Chuang Tzu, "Action and Non-Action":

Vinda Karandikar, "The Wheel":

Yehuda Amichai, "The Amen Stone":

Pablo Neruda, "Absence":

Maya Angelou, "A Brave and Startling Truth":

Maya Angelou, "Alone":

Benjamin Zephaniah, "We Refugees":

Taha Muhammad Ali, "Exodus":

Taha Muhammad Ali, "Meeting at an Airport":

Bei Dao, "Notes from the City of the Sun"

Bei Dao, "Moon Festival":


Thich Nhat Hanh, "The 14 Mindfulness Trainings":

Dogen, Selected passages:

1 comment:

  1. In the poem Alone by Maya Angelou, the poems starts off with speaker doing some soul searching, because she is feeling isolated, but she thinks she might have found the answer to her problems in the poems- people need community in order to get up. As it turns out, money wont but happiness for us, even people who is rich they are lonely as well. the speaker warning the " race of man" the thing arent about to get any easier anytime soon. the solution is to realize that no one can make it on their own.