AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number 4. October  2022                         Pp.48-65

Mystical Symbols of Divine Love in the Poetry of Omar Tarin and William Blake: A Comparative Cognitive Analysis

Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)
Bangi, Malaysia.

Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)
Bangi, Malaysia.

Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)
Bangi, Malaysia.


This study is a comparative cognitive analysis of the identical symbols of Divine Love in the poetry of the oriental Pakistani poet Omer Tarin and the occidental English poet William Blake. It adopts the Mental Spaces theory in Cognitive Poetics and the theory of Perennialism in Comparative Mysticism as the main theoretical frameworks. The study aims at demonstrating the mental operation of meaning construction of these symbols and help deliver meaningful mystical perceptions of the human soul’s ineffable experience in its union with the Divine. Exploring mystical symbols via these theories will offer an accurate interpretation of the meaning of the abstract concepts based on the concrete ones and stipulate deeper insight into the commonality of the ambiguous feelings of the soul in Divine Love. Answering the question of the existence of identical symbols with mystical connotations, the study focusses on the symbols of Pipe, Woman, and Bird and reveals that despite the religious and cultural disparities between Omer Tarin and William Blake, there is a keen affinity between them as related to their unitary poetic-mystical consciousness of the soul’s experience in its search for the Divine, for which both poets have ingeniously utilized identical symbolism not only as a tool for artistic ornamentation but as a tool for cognitive orientation. The study endorses further research on mystical language and poetry from comparative and cognitive perspectives to corroborate the tenets of cognitive theories in comparative literary studies through cross-cultural research.

Cite as:

Alvi, A., Vengadasamy, R., & Perry, M. s.(2022).  Mystical Symbols of Divine Love in the Poetry of Omar Tarin and William Blake: A Comparative Cognitive Analysis. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (4) 48-65.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no4.4


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AmatulHafeez Alvi is a Ph.D. Scholar at the National University of Malaysia, Malaysia, specializing in English poetry and poetics. She is a lecturer of English language and literature at King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include English poetry and poetics, women’s writings, postcolonial literature, and English Language & literature teaching.
ORCiD ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9810-58877

 Ravichandran Vengadasamy (Ph.D.) is a senior lecturer and the Head of the Postgraduate Programme at the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics, National University of Malaysia. His research and teaching interests include Malaysian literature in English, postcolonial literature, cognitive and literary stylistics and academic writing.
ORCiD ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5528-3026

Melissa Shamini Perry (Ph.D.) is senior lecturer at the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities-UKM. Her research interests are in Social Semiotics, Multimodality, Literary and Media studies, Transmedia Storytelling, Material Culture and Interculturalism.
ORCiD ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8089-6596