By Wes Jamroz, excerpts from his new book, Shakespeare's Sequel to Rumi's Teaching
"Jalaluddin Rumi and William Shakespeare are considered to be the greatest poets of Persian and English literature, respectively. However, there is much more in common between these two titans of poetry who lived some 350 years and 2,000 miles apart. In his Sonnets, Shakespeare acknowledged that his writings were inspired by Rumi’s poetry. He referred to Rumi as one of “Alien pens” whom he was asked to study. He described Rumi as “He of tall building, and of goodly pride”. Shakespeare admitted that Rumi’s verses were so powerful that they were stopping his thoughts before he was able to formulate them.