Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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by Omar Khayyam, Sarkis Katchadourian
     
 

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As Byatt observes in her new intro. to this volume, FitzGeralds 19th-century lyrical translation of Omar Khayyams Rubaiyat forever changed the landscape of English poetry. FitzGeralds own verse — delicate & piercing, with a mixture of hedonism & melancholy — adapted itself well to what he perceived to be Khayyams original intent: to revel in the… See more details below

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As Byatt observes in her new intro. to this volume, FitzGeralds 19th-century lyrical translation of Omar Khayyams Rubaiyat forever changed the landscape of English poetry. FitzGeralds own verse — delicate & piercing, with a mixture of hedonism & melancholy — adapted itself well to what he perceived to be Khayyams original intent: to revel in the pleasures of the moment, forsake the folly of attempting to control ones life, & disavow religious succor outright. In FitzGeralds hands the Persian poets brief, evocative verses — some 800 years old at the time — became a cohesive whole. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac.

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"An attractive new edition with a lengthy essay by Tony Briggs, who characterises the poem, memorably, as 'the story of the apocalypse told to us by a kind uncle.'"  —Daily Mail

"A lovely new edition . . . Professor Briggs does us all a favour by putting before our red and weary eyes FitzGerald and this legacy from an older Iran."  —Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448168012
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/28/1978

Meet the Author

Tony Briggs is a well-known writer and broadcaster on Russian cultural affairs and European poetry. His translation of War and Peace was critically acclaimed. Among his many publications are six editions in the Everyman poetry series. Edward Fitzgerald was the poet and of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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