Chapter

Introduction

in The Bijak of Kabir

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148763
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195148762.003.0001
Introduction

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Part I gives a brief account of Kabir's life and work. Part II discusses his “rough rhetoric.”. Kabir's style is uniquely vivid, direct and hard‐hitting. This section demonstrates how it manages to involve the reader/listener and why it is so potent and memorable. Part III, “The Untellable Story,” discusses how he uses language to hint at paradoxical or inexpressible experiences. Part IV recounts a meeting between Hess and a man she met in India, who, like Kabir, led to her to examine her own mind and to realize more deeply what Kabir's poetry is about.

Keywords: India; Kabir; literary analysis; oral poetry; poetry; rhetoric

Chapter.  13216 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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