Holy Fire: New Visionary Poets and the Quest for Enlightenment Daniel Halpern
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Holy Fire: New Visionary Poets and the Quest for Enlightenment

Author: Daniel Halpern
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Book Title
Holy Fire: New Visionary Poets and the Quest for Enlightenment
Author
Daniel Halpern
ISBN
9780060982034
Since the beginning of time, poets have been absorbed by the quest for signs that our lives have greater spiritual significance than the simple sum of our labours on earth. The deceptive simplicity of the Sufi poet Rumi's musings, Romantic poet William Blake's riveting map of heaven and hell, the self-destructive Arthur Rimbaud's thirst for the extremes of human experience, and the sometimes ecstatic, often heartrending Celtic vision of William Butler Yeats, among others, attest to this enduring poetic search. In Holy Fire editor Daniel Halpern has collected the work of nine poets whose writing has shaped our modern view of the sacred. William Blake, Hart Crane, William Butler Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, and Allen Ginsberg are included here, as well as lesser-known but equally important writers, such as Jelaluddin Rumi, the fourteenth-century Kashmiri poet Lalla, and the fifteenth-century Hindu mystic Mirabai. These visionary poets have inspired generations of diverse followeres and literary movements alike: romantics and traditionalists, the Beat poets and the sixties counterculture, as well as the men's movement and other contemporary embodiments of New Age spirituality. In the work of each of the extraordinary poets collected here, we find the roots of our modern quest for renewal and the wellspring of spiritual discovery.

Since the beginning of time, poets have been absorbed by the quest for signs that our lives have greater spiritual significance than the simple sum of our labours on earth. The deceptive simplicity of the Sufi poet Rumi's musings, Romantic poet William Blake's riveting map of heaven and hell, the self-destructive Arthur Rimbaud's thirst for the extremes of human experience, and the sometimes ecstatic, often heartrending Celtic vision of William Butler Yeats, among others, attest to this enduring poetic search.

In Holy Fire editor Daniel Halpern has collected the work of nine poets whose writing has shaped our modern view of the sacred. William Blake, Hart Crane, William Butler Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, and Allen Ginsberg are included here, as well as lesser-known but equally important writers, such as Jelaluddin Rumi, the fourteenth-century Kashmiri poet Lalla, and the fifteenth-century Hindu mystic Mirabai. These visionary poets have inspired generations of diverse followeres and literary movements alike: romantics and traditionalists, the Beat poets and the sixties counterculture, as well as the men's movement and other contemporary embodiments of New Age spirituality. In the work of each of the extraordinary poets collected here, we find the roots of our modern quest for renewal and the wellspring of spiritual discovery.

Since the beginning of time, poets have been absorbed by the quest for signs that our lives have greater spiritual significance than the simple sum of our labours on earth. The deceptive simplicity of the Sufi poet Rumi's musings, Romantic poet William Blake's riveting map of heaven and hell, the self-destructive Arthur Rimbaud's thirst for the extremes of human experience, and the sometimes ecstatic, often heartrending Celtic vision of William Butler Yeats, among others, attest to this enduring poetic search.

In Holy Fire editor Daniel Halpern has collected the work of nine poets whose writing has shaped our modern view of the sacred. William Blake, Hart Crane, William Butler Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, and Allen Ginsberg are included here, as well as lesser-known but equally important writers, such as Jelaluddin Rumi, the fourteenth-century Kashmiri poet Lalla, and the fifteenth-century Hindu mystic Mirabai. These visionary poets have inspired generations of diverse followeres and literary movements alike: romantics and traditionalists, the Beat poets and the sixties counterculture, as well as the men's movement and other contemporary embodiments of New Age spirituality. In the work of each of the extraordinary poets collected here, we find the roots of our modern quest for renewal and the wellspring of spiritual discovery.