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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyám
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a timeless collection of poetic verses that explore the themes of love, fate, and the fleeting nature of life. Written by the Persian philosopher and poet Omar Khayyam in the 11th century, these quatrains offer profound insights into the human experience and the mysteries of existence.

Khayyam's poetry is characterized by its simplicity and elegance, as well as its ability to convey complex ideas with clarity and beauty. His verses are filled with imagery drawn from nature, philosophy, and Sufi mysticism, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and ideas that resonate with readers across cultures and generations.

One of the most striking aspects of The Rubaiyat is its exploration of the concept of carpe diem, urging readers to seize the moment and embrace the joys of life while they can. This theme is reflected in Khayyam's exhortation to "drink the wine of life" and "pluck the roses of pleasure," reminding us of the importance of living fully and embracing the present moment.

Overall, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a work of timeless wisdom and beauty, offering readers a glimpse into the profound insights of one of the greatest poets of the Islamic Golden Age. It is a treasure trove of poetic gems that continue to inspire and enlighten readers to this day.

Book Description:
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) is the title that Edward Fitz-Gerald 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 hemis-techs) per line, hence the word "Rubáiyát" (derived from the Arabic root word for "four"), meaning "quatrains".

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