Writing Seminar – Rumi

Rumi – This We Have Now

This we have now

Is not imagination.


This is not

grief or joy.


Not just a judging state,

or an elation,

or sadness.


Those come and go.

This is the presence that doesn’t.



This we have now is not real,

this isn’t true love it is the opposite,

not happiness but depression.

the false reality we live in will stay with us.

they stay in our minds and in our hearts,

these memories shape our identity,

these memories we share are true.


General Biography: 

  • Honored as: Greatest poet
  • Born: September 30th, 1207
  • Died: December 17th, 1273
  • Nationality includes: Afghan, Iranian
  • Religious Faith: Sunni Muslim
  • Religious enthusiast and wise Sufi
  • Lecturer, teacher and was blessed with a mind that indulged greatly in the works of profound literature
  • Languages: Greek, Arabic, Persian and Turkish

Styles of Literary Work:

  • Wrote encrypted letters
  • Scribes and scrolls of writing
  • Literature to explain religion
  • Lyrical works
  • Poetry (Quatrains)
  • Volumes (Books) of writing
  • Odes and Eulogies
  • It was the ability to understand his own spirituality that enabled him into up taking the art of literature


  • Religious Outlook
  • Father’s Death
  • Spiritual community
  • Being a Teacher and having teachers
  • Part of a line of scholars, teachers and writers
  •  Influenced the works of many poets from Persian, and Turkish to Arabic literature
  • Constant influence on today’s society
  • Didactic in its purest sense


  • Belief of life and death
  • Love and philosophies of life
  • Knowledge, wisdom and religious understanding
  • Equality was for all
  • Human beings had a definitive purpose in the universe
  • Effort of individuals enables righteousness to settle into the hearts
  • Aiding citizens of society through teaching


Rumi has helped me understand deeper meanings in the themes of death and life. With the perspectives he has taken on this themes I’m able to reach a better and more deeper connection between either the will to survive or the will to die in my pieces because his perspective on these themes have opened my mind to many different ideas about them.

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