Omar Khayyam

(1048–1131 / Nishapur / Iran)

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  • Sharon Goodsall (3/10/2013 9:44:00 AM)

    Each quatrain is a complete verse and needs to be pondered and meditated upon to find its meaning. The profound words in these verses give meaning to the universe, time and life. It is my constant companion and whilst it cannot heal my broken heart it lend it peace

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  • Rosa Jamali (7/19/2008 11:34:00 AM)

    It wasn't easy to praise wine in twelfth century Iran.After a long time that Baghdad had ruled in Iran; an Independent Iranian government was just going to be established. In Khayyam's poetry there's a sense of nostalgia towards old Persia with all i...more It wasn't easy to praise wine in twelfth century Iran.After a long time that Baghdad had ruled in Iran; an Independent Iranian government was just going to be established. In Khayyam's poetry there's a sense of nostalgia towards old Persia with all its mythological kings as Jamshid and Keikhosru. If you compare his poetry with some of his contemporaries you see the difference. In his contemporary poetry you could see lots of poems in praise of prophet Mohammad and Imams but khayyam was the brave one who depicted a real mistress in his poetry; as he talks about beautiful women and wine and he questions death and orthodox Muslims. There's a quite difference here. The mistress in Khayyam's poetry is really a woman not an imaginary character or probably a man as it was very common in Persian poetry. In some sufi poetry there's a range of vocabulary which is repetitive and addictive and cliche but the choice of vocabulary in Khayyam is live and real...

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