Saturday, March 26, 2011

April 29, 2011 - Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, tr. Edward FitzGerald

April 29, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library/Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

This is our "non-western literature" book of the year.

Omar Khayyam was a 12th Century Persian Poet (also mathematician, astronomer, also philosopher). The Rubaiyat is available at most libraries and free on-line. It's not very long.

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A Persian ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts (or hemistechs) per line, hence the word "Rubáiyát" (derived from the Arabic root word for "four"), meaning "quatrains".

Group member Bernard has left this review AT THIS LINK since he won't be able to attend our next meeting.