of the Garden
In the next chapter you see a contrast between two
types of poets.
Poets of beauty
A group of poets appear in the Garden. Their music
breathes enchantment on the atmosphere. Nightingales are learning
songs from them, roses are becoming brighter with their rouge,
and moths are borrowing passion.
The poets invite everyone to their table and make
their gift accessible like air. Caravans start marching.
Poets of ugliness
Presently there comes another company of poets.
Their mirror shows beauty as ugliness. April is the cruelest month
in their calendar: they kiss a rose and its freshness is gone.
Nightingales listen to them and lose the joy of flying.
The music of these poets is plunging you in an
ocean of thought, making you a stranger to action. Captains of
ships are becoming enchanted and the ships are cast to the bottom
of the sea. Societies are becoming inclined to collective suicides.
“Desire is love’s message to beauty,”
says Iqbal. “It is sustained by the display of Beauty unveiling
itself before the souls of poets. Woe to a people whose poet turns
away from the joy of living. In their soul is a disease and by their
words our sickness is increased.”
- Is their similarity between the two types
of poetry depicted here and the two types of mysticism represented
by Bu Ali Qalandar and the Doctrine of the Sheep respectively?
- Can you say that you are gaining control over the forces
of the Garden by understanding its Poetics?
- Does your journey through the Garden acquaint you with
“the true nature of poetry and the reform of Islamic