Omar and Edward. (And Tennyson, Browning, Christina Rossetti, Ruskin and Duke. )

Let’s take a rest from slagging the world’s great Epics.

Here’s a podcast on The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as ‘translated’ by Edward Fitzgerald.

A link bonanza, it tackles authorship and ‘authenticity’, has insights into poetic technique and name-drops a gaggle of prominant Victorians.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043xpkd

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/omar_khayyam/o54r/

http://www.iranchamber.com/literature/khayyam/rubaiyat_khayyam1.php

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Omar-Khayyam-Persian-poet-and-astronomer

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/fitzgerald-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Byles_Cowell

http://www.britannica.com/topic/Seljuq

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/lord-alfred-tennyson

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0124pnq

I did my secondary schooling at Blackburn South High. It no longer exists. Thanks Jeff. This was the official school poem. Us bogans loved it.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174659

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-browning

http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/prb/1.html

http://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Ruskin

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017mvwy

Khayyam lived for a while in Esfahan, also spelled Isfahan as per this Duke Ellington tune. It’s a blatant piece of Orientalism, but a fave from way back.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s