Tuesday, May 13, 2014

جلال‌الدین محمد رومی

Rumi was many things in his lifetime, a poet, jurist, theologian, and even a Sufi mystic. His full name was Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) , and he was  13-century Persian. Rumi was born around September 30th, 1207 and thought to have died on December 17th, 1273. In 1225, Rumi married his spouse, Gowhar Khatun and together they had two sons, Sultan Walad and Ala-eddin Chalabi. After his wife died, he remarried and had a son and a daughter, Amir Alim Chalabi and Malakeh Khatun. His works were all originally written in Persian, but many translations have been made worldwide. Rumi's most popular works are the Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Mathnawi, both books filled to the brim with poems.
His poem, Don't Go Back to Sleep, first comes of as a little short and strange. It tells the reader to not go to sleep a total of three times before the poem ends. At first, one might assume it has to do with nightmares, but it might also allude to people living in the dreaming world. The poem tells the readers not to become one with a crowd, and feels as though there is an underlying tone telling them to question society, to question their superiors. Nobody wants to become a faceless background character, and if they keep assuming everything is alright and never question anything, they will become one. 
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