The Bedford Anthology of World Literature Book 2: The Middle Period, 100 C.E.-1450 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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In every Bedford Anthology volume (1-3), one can find different cultures in each volume. In book two, Davis has published The World of Islam. Within that section, Davis has published "The Essential Rumi" which is a series of individual poems. Some relate to words of Buddha from the Buddhist texts. One can also see the moral lessons it has. If one has read the buddhist text, one can see quite a few similarities. However, once can also find similarities from each of the stories. The cultures alone show a huge similarity from the story itself, or to the moral it teaches. Like each volume, one can learn plenty about the culture and some of its' beliefs. Before getting into the poem or short story, one will always find a section about the culture. From here, one is given background info and names of people from stories, like who they are and what not. This would then tie into the story or poem being told after. Within each poem or story, there is more than just the poem or story itself. There are footnotes to help clarify what something is. This would help one understand what they are reading a lot better. If one wanted further information, or research, there is a list of sources towards the end of each section. In some cases, one might be able to pronounce certain names or need a bit of clarification on how to pronounce it. Towards the end of each section, there is also a pronunciation section. This book and the volumes themselves are great. Each book has taught me about a different culture and has showed me a few similarities between the culture I am reading about, and my own culture. There are many life lessons one could learn from reading the poems or short stories on their own. There is not one story in there one will not relate to or feel some sort of relation to. A good majority of the stories are really enjoyable and quite interesting.