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Author Omar Khayyam.

Title Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam : the astronomer-poet of Persia / Edward FitzGerald ; edited with an introduction and notes by Daniel Karlin.

Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  891.551 K52R    Check Shelf
Description lxix, 167 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Oxford world's classics
Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Note Originally published: 2009.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Publication history -- Note on the text -- Note on the pronunciation and transcription of Persian words -- Select bibliography -- A chronology of Edward Fitzgerald -- Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam -- Tables of corresponding stanzas -- Variants -- Appendix I : critical responses to the Rubáiyát in FitzGerald's lifetime : four reviews and a polemical article -- Appendix II : Alfred Tennyson, "To E. FitzGerald."
Summary In 1859, Edward FitzGerald translated into English the short, epigrammatic poems of medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. If not a true translation--his Omar seems to have read Shakespeare and the King James Bible--the poem nevertheless conveyed some of the most beautiful and haunting images in English poetry, and some of the sharpest-edged. By the end of the century, it was one of the best-known poems in the English language, admired by Swinburne and Ruskin. Daniel Karlin's richly annotated edition focuses on the poem as a work of Victorian literary art, doing justice to the scope and complexity of FitzGerald's lyrical meditation on "human death and fate." Karlin provides a fascinating critical introduction which documents the poem's treatment of its Persian sources, along with its multiple affiliations with English and Classical literature and to the Bible. A selection of contemporary reviews offers an insight into the poem's early reception, including the first attack on its status as a translation. -- Publisher description.
Subject Omar Khayyam. Rubāʻīyāt.
Persian poetry -- 747-1500 -- Translations into English.
Rubāʻīyāt (Omar Khayyam) (OCoLC)fst01356132
Persian poetry. (OCoLC)fst01058542
Chronological Term 747-1500
Genre/Form Translations. (OCoLC)fst01423791
Added Author FitzGerald, Edward, 1809-1883.
Karlin, Daniel, 1953-
ISBN 9780199580507 (pbk.)
0199580502 (pbk.)
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