ONLINE From Rumi to the Rubiyat
Bacchanalian symbolism of wine, taverns and drunkenness spills from the mystical poems of the Persian poets; these are Sufi expressions of divine love. Using the symbolism of the Sufi poets Jelaluddin Rumi and Omar Khayaam, we’ll write the Rubiyat; at one time, the most popular Sufi poem to be translated into the English language. And write the Persian song poem: the Ghazal, a short lyrical poem written in couplets linked in rhyme that expresses love and the meaning and beauty of life. These Persian poetry forms turn the story of work-a-day life turns into the love of living. Your poetry will dance with the dervishes. There’s time in class to share your poems and get feedback.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Jade O’Riley teaches many poetry forms and styles and developed an editing method entitled Poet’s Toolbox to help poets gain writing confidence. Since 2007 Jade has taught poetry in several venues including City of Edmonton, Poetry Festival and Stroll of Poets; she’s published fifteen poetry chapbooks featuring the poets from her classes.