It is true that Love turns you into a poet. When in love - the most fascinating, voluptuous, ecstatic thoughts come into your mind. I believe you really cannot write a love poem unless you are in love.
You might be in love with the words or the language.
Or it might be the nature and the exotic seasons.
Or a lovely damsel in your imagination.
In essence, the need of the hour is to be in love.
Love is the most beautiful emotion anyone has ever experienced. It could be the love between lovers, love of a mother for her child or love of a benevolent saint for the humanity. Love manifests in many different ways.
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Have you tried reading romantic poetry?
The Amarushataka always makes me think of 1,001 Arabian Nights because of one poem versus one story each night.
Wouldn't it have been interesting if Amaruka and Scheherazade had respectively poetized and story-told one another?
Sheilamarie - I fully agree with you. You have put it right. Most of the time when I read translations, I get frustrated. Either the words are not chosen properly, rhyming is not there or the entire meaning is lost. I think translation is a challenge especially if the subject is poetry.
I think the best bet for reading poetry in translation is to read translations by a good poet in his or her own right. A translated poem is really a new poem in the second language. It's important that the poem is translated by someone who understands the culture the poem was written in, too.
They're more like rules for life.
Mira - That's great. Do you think these 40 rules of love are practical and someone embracing them can win his/her sweetheart ?
I read a book about Rumi a while ago: Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi. Rather good.
@Mira - I was never bold enough to read this material, but if you must, you ought to read Rumi's stuff. Amarushataka is definitely worth reading if you can. I think Erotic Poems from E.E. Cummings are also in the same league.
I didn't know about Amarushataka. Also somehow forgot that e.e. cummings wrote erotic poetry. You made me curious about both.