|Author||D. J. Moores|
Marvelous book in praise of ecstasy as an expression of the awakened heart and flourishing human. It thoughtfully addresses the vast breadth of the poetic and mystical traditions spanning human history and cultures from Vedic seers, Hindu and Buddhist sages, Hebrew prophets and Christian and Sufi mystics before focusing on his selection of Rumi, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, and Tagore. These do not exhaust the list of poets he might have chosen but keep the text manageable. Moores argues that evidence suggests that these overlapping traditions are rooted in human psychology not historical dissemination, and point to a eudaimonistic strand in human evolution. Excellent book for college courses or for expanding one's familiarity with some of the world's greatest visionary poets.