Edward FitzGerald

Edward FitzGerald was an English poet and writer, best known for his translation of 'The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám'. Born on March 31, 1809, in Suffolk, England, FitzGerald's work remained relatively obscure during his lifetime. His translation of Omar Khayyám's quatrains, published in 1859, eventually gained popularity and is celebrated for its beautiful and melancholic rendering of the Persian poet's verses. FitzGerald's version of 'The Rubáiyát' has been admired for its poetic form and philosophical depth. He passed away on June 14, 1883.


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  1. 1. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" is a collection of four-line stanzas, or quatrains, translated from Persian poetry. The poems, filled with contemplations on mortality and the transient nature of life, advocate for living in the moment and enjoying life's simple pleasures. The work is revered for its beautiful and evocative imagery, philosophical musings, and its exploration of themes such as love, faith, doubt, and the fleeting nature of time.

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