At a glance:
- Author: Gunnar Ekelöf
- First Published: 1965
- Type of Poem: Poetic sequence
- Genres: Poetry, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Blindness or blind persons, Prostitution or prostitutes, God, Asia or Asians, Gods or goddesses, Devils or demons, Torture, Middle East, Princes or princesses, Arabs
The Diwan over the Prince of Emgión, The Tale of Fatumeh, and Guide to the Underworld, referred to as the Diwan Trilogy, are centered on Byzantine and Middle Eastern themes, reflecting Gunnar Ekelöf’s lifelong interest in Asian cultures and languages. “Diwan” or, more commonly in English, “divan,” is the Arabic-Persian term for a poetic sequence or collection of single authorship, such as the fourteenth century Divan of Hafiz, which, like the “Diwan Trilogy,” links the language of earthly and spiritual love.
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