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The Prophet (1923)

by Kahlil Gibran

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The Prophet represents the acme of Kahlil Gibran's achievement. Writing in English, Gibran adopted the tone and cadence of King James I's Bible, fusing his personalised Christian philosophy with a spirit and oriental wisdom that derives from the richly mixed influences of his native Lebanon.His language has a breath-taking beauty. Before returning to his birthplace, Almustafa, the 'prophet', is asked for guidance by the people of Orphalese. His words, redolent with love and understanding, call for universal unity, and affirm Gibran's certainty of the correlated nature of all existence, and of reincarnation. The Prophet has never lost its immediate appeal and has become a ubiquitous touchstone of spiritual literature.… (more)
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Almustafa takes his leave of a city after twelve years to sail back to the isle of his birth after, but first a seeress and the townspeople gather to hear his words of wisdom about love, marriage, children, work, religion, death, and many other subjects that encompass the human experience.

Though the contents list several poem titles, this is really one long prose poem. I have a hard time understanding even simple concepts in this type of poetry - something about versifying it makes it automatically less comprehensible - but though there were nuggets of good lines here and there, mostly it seemed like mystical vagueness trying to sound profound. ( )
  bell7 | Mar 5, 2022 |
Almustafa, Prophet, addresses the people of Orphalese as he prepares to leave back to his home island after a sojourn of twelve years.

"A keeper of silences am I."

My favorite speeches are: Children, Work, Buying and Selling, Reason and Passion, Self-Knowledge, Teaching, Time, and Talking.

(Unwelcome was frequent use of "pigmy," Eating and Drinking, confusing Freedom, and the kind of mean ending for Almitra...no?)

Evocative illustrations were drawn by the author. ( )
  m.belljackson | Feb 25, 2022 |
I have no basis for this, but this work feels like the quasi-pantheistic, hyper-spiritual counterpart to Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. As such, I liked this one better for two reasons: it did not sound as if it had freshly escaped from r/atheism, and it was short, sweet, and to the point! ( )
  djlinick | Jan 15, 2022 |
رائع بحق ! ( )
  nonames | Jan 14, 2022 |
It's easy to take just a quick glance at this and think 'this person is speaking poetic nonsense in riddles' and dismiss it, =D But truly it IS quite clever. And there are lots of concepts worth ruminating on. It's short, but pretty dense, so it's a lot to take in at once. It might be a good one to read just a single small section before bed or something. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
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Gibran, Kahlilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koeva, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McFarlane, RobertPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valckenier, LiesbethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verhulst, CarolusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.
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You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link.
To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam.
And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of desperation.
When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him...
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
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Library of Congress please note: this is NOT a work written in Arabic and translated into English. It is a work written in English by a Lebanese poet.
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The Prophet represents the acme of Kahlil Gibran's achievement. Writing in English, Gibran adopted the tone and cadence of King James I's Bible, fusing his personalised Christian philosophy with a spirit and oriental wisdom that derives from the richly mixed influences of his native Lebanon.His language has a breath-taking beauty. Before returning to his birthplace, Almustafa, the 'prophet', is asked for guidance by the people of Orphalese. His words, redolent with love and understanding, call for universal unity, and affirm Gibran's certainty of the correlated nature of all existence, and of reincarnation. The Prophet has never lost its immediate appeal and has become a ubiquitous touchstone of spiritual literature.

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Kahlil Gibran, born in Lebanon, is well known throughout the Arab world as well as the West for his poetry, art and philosophy. The Prophet, one of Gibran’s most celebrated books, is his first published collection of poems and has been translated into more than twenty languages. This 2001 edition of his book includes 12 of Gibran’s own drawings.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140194479, 0141187018, 0141194677

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