Synopses & Reviews
Translated by Peter Avery and John Heath-Stubbs.
Writing in the 11th century, Khayyam was one of the most accomplished masters of the new and increasingly popular "Ruba'i", or two-line stanza. Here, Khayyam's meditations touch on the transience of human life and of the natural world.
Philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, Khayyam as a poet possesses a singular originality. His poetry is richly charged with evocative power and offers a view of life characteristic of his stormy times, with striking relevance to the present day.
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