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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
by Omar Khayyam
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Comprising the Metrical Translations by Edward FitzGerald and E.H. Whinfield and the prose version of Justin Huntly McCarthy. With an Appendix showing the Variations in the First Three Editions of FitzGerald's rendering by Edward FitzGerald
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Revered in eleventh-century Persia as an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher, Omar Khayyam is now known first and foremost for his "Ruba'iyat". The short epigrammatic stanza form allowed poets of his day to express personal feelings, beliefs and doubts with wit and clarity, and Khayyam became one of its most accomplished masters with his touching meditations on the transience of human life and of the natural world. One of the supreme achievements of medieval literature, the reckless romanticism and the pragmatic fatalism in the face of death means these verses continue to hold the imagination of modern readers.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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