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Omar Khayyám: The Rubáiyát

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Poetry

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, written by a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyam (1048 – 1131). A rubai is a two-line stanza with two parts per line, hence the word rubaiyat meaning quatrains. The world’s best-known translations are made by Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883). 1st edition – 1859 (75 quatrains) 2nd edition – 1868 (110 quatrains) 3rd edition – 1872 (101 quatrains) 4th edition – 1879 (101 quatrains) 5th edition – 1889 (101 quatrains) As a work of English literature FitzGerald's version is a high point of the 19th century and has been greatly influential.

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