Translations of Goethe’s poems about Arabia and Persia and his essays on Islamic culture.
In West-East Divan (1819), Germany’s greatest poet J. W. von Goethe offered a work of lasting appeal. Stimulated by the Divan (“Collection”) by medieval pub poet Hafiz, Goethe blends his own identity with that of the Persian Sufi master who sang the delights of wine and tavern romance in a context of Qur’anic allusion. Martin Bidney accompanies his rendering with commentary poems; and Peter Anton von Arnim joins him to offer, as well, the first translation into English of Goethe’s “Notes and Essays,” a pioneering guide to the cultural history of the Middle East. Bidney’s “Introduction” clarifies the transformation brought about in Goethe’s thought by his Muslim mentor.
About the Author
Martin Bidney is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University. His books include Blake and Goethe, Patterns of Epiphany, A Poetic Dialogue with Adam Mickiewicz, and East-West Poetry.
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