Lyrics of Mystical Love, East and West
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NLIT 3160
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Religious Studies
How can mystical experience be put into words? How did the mystic poets, from various world traditions, attempt to express this inexpressible? How should we "read" and "interpret" these poetic images? This course deals with these and similar questions while examining key mystical/poetic concepts such as silence, union with the divine, or human versus mystical love. The lyrics of the world-renowned mystic Rumi will be used as the main text with frequent comparisons to the writings of other prominent figures such as St. John of the Cross, Yunus Emre, John Donne, Kabir, and Meister Eckhart. All poems will be read in English.