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Source: Rubaiyat Omar Khayya, trans. Edward FitzGerald. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1953).
About the Document
Nearly all societies who develop writing develop forms of poetry, and even those with no writing compose poetry-like epic tales and stories transmitted by word-of-mouth. The themes are often similar, if not identical: tales of heroic exploits, the activities of deities, or human issues of love or loss. In some ways, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám includes all of these themes and others.
Omar Khayyam, who was born in Persia around 1050 C.E., was a well-educated man known for his mathematical skill. He was also a noted astronomer, but he is best known in the West for his poetry. Not only is his Rubáiyát considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, it also gives us a glimpse into Persian life in this period. It includes oft-quoted quatrains about love.