This research is aimed at finding the nature and treatment of the theme of love in poetry having different linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds. The selected poems of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Persian Sufi poet) and William Blake (English Romantic poet) have been analysed in this regard. Twenty poems of each poet have been selected through purposive sampling technique. The poems have been examined using Catherine Dowson’s research technique and applying the seventh principle (thematic inclusion) of Zepetnek’s comparative model in order to find out similarities and differences between the two poets. The reviewed literature showed that despite having linguistic, cultural and religious differences both the poets have identical views on various concepts. This study however reveals that in principal they have similar views on the theme of love while at deeper level they maintain certain differences as well. Divine love, love for prophets, agape, philautia, union and communion with beloved, intensity of love, self-negation, optimism and hope, inexplicable sadness and pains and pangs of separation: are some of the elements related to love they hold similar views upon, though retaining minor differences at some points. However, they are different when it comes to purity of love, Philia, pragma, storge and secrecy of love.
Muhammad Qasim, Munawar Iqbal Ahmad. (2020) Comparative Analysis of Love Poetry: A Recurring Theme in the Poetry of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and William Blake, Acta Islamica, Volume-08, Issue-2.