Esoteric Keys of Mirza Abd al-Qadir Bidel
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Bidel is considered the most difficult poet in Persian poetry. This study explores the complexity of his language through three key words: incapacity, mirror, and bewilderment. I argue that these are umbrella terms, which cover a range of concepts, images, metaphors, and symbols, and through understanding them, we find the keys to unlock the mysteries of Bidel’s thinking; not knowing them, the inner subtlety and significance of his works cannot be understood. The goal of this examination is to see how Bidel’s own ontological exploration yields a description of human relationship with the Divine.