10 Apr


First published in 1859. My copy is a 1942 Classics Club edition published by Walter J. Black – 178 pages containing five versions collated with the original Rubaiyat, a collection of poems written by Omar Khayyam (1048-1122), Persian mathematician, astronomer, poet, tent maker, and philosopher. In addition to Khayyam’s poems, included are Notes; Vocabulary; and a Comparative Table of Stanzas for all five versions. I also like that this Classics Club edition includes an extensive Introduction about Edward FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat by Gordon S. Haight, as well as a section about Omar Khayyam written by Edward FitzGerald.

This lyrical ‘interpretation’ by Edward FitzGerald is my introduction to 75 of Khayyam’s Quatrains (each a four-line verse of poetry). Understandings differ from one translation to another (there are several interpretations in various languages), but FitzGerald‘s is considered to be the most authentic.

Some, who are not familiar with the poetry of Omar Khayyam, perhaps will recognize these two quatrains:

“The moving finger writes,
and having written moves on.
Nor all thy pity nor all thy wit,
Can cancel half a line of it.”


“It is a flash from the stage of non-belief to faith,
There is no more than a syllable between doubt and certainty:
Prize this precious moment dearly,
It is our life’s only fruit.”

As a general rule, I don’t like poetry, but I enjoyed reading this book.

Originally published in 1859 - [re]published for the Classics Club by Walter J. Black, Inc. 1942 poetry

Originally published in 1859 – [re]published for the Classics Club by Walter J. Black, Inc. 1942


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