The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Omar Khayyam

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This is Edward Fitzgerald's poetic version. As a work of English literature, it was a high point of the 19th century. As a work of accurate line-by-line translation of Omar Khayyam's quatrains, it is noted more for freedom than for fidelity. This collection of four line poems have provided later authors with a rich source of titles and allusions; "The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ, Moves on: ...", "A book of verse, a jug of wine, and thou....".

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