Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems by Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield

By Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield

Mirabai is a literary and religious determine of mythical proportions. Born a princess within the zone of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is quite often identified) eschewed the wedding her royal family members had prepared for her, celebrating as an alternative her correct to independence and excessive devotion to Krishna in either her lifestyles and poetry. during this assortment, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, of America's most sensible poets, have created energetic English types of Mirabai's poems, utilizing clean photos and vigorous rhythms to cause them to obtainable to trendy readers.

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Over the course of his first 12 appearances he brings down a greedy senator with ties to arms manufactures; punishes a mine owner for forcing his men to work in dangerous conditions; exposes a disingenuous advertising executive out to fleece the public; and attacks dishonest stockbrokers in the oil industry. )6 21 DO THE GODS WEAR CAPES? 3 Let’s reflect for a moment on the idea of virtue represented by this original Superman. Writer Jerry Siegel had not yet found a snappy slogan to summarize the moral imperatives driving his new hero, and so the language with which he introduces the character varies slightly from issue to issue, but the concept of the “battle against oppression” quickly emerges as a constant.

For example, within the apophatic theological tradition, the concept of God is inherently deconstructive; for by asserting that God is knowable only as that which cannot be known, negative theologians undo the opposition between knowledge and faith. 6 First, I offer a brief consideration of Wonder Woman’s Amazon heritage and its implications for the character. Then I consider how her first writer, psychologist William Moulton Marston, self-consciously designed Wonder Woman to change perceptions of gender and sexuality by inverting the hierarchical oppositions of man/woman, power/ weakness, and dominance/submission.

But so does T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” and the terms of that negotiation are notoriously complex. Rejecting the traditional critical prejudice against mass cultural forms, why should we assume that comic books are always simpler than poems when it comes to processing and transforming their primary materials? Consequently, in this chapter, I do not propose to demonstrate that Superman is “really” a religious figure by performing yet another exegesis of his origin story (which I assume is familiar); nor do I attempt to claim him as a modern version of some ancient archetype by pointing out all the ways he resembles this or that character from heroic myth or folklore.

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