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Vis and Ramin

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Vis & Ramin is one of the worlds great love stories. It was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. Vis and Ramin had immense influence on later Persian poetry and is ...more
Hardcover, 517 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Mage Publishers (first published 1048)
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Apr 24, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
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Vis and Ramin is not only a love story but a love poem to language. Gorgani rolls out inventive metaphors to mirror multiple, many-nuanced perspectives on love, loyalty, and transience. This can be exhilarating, but also overwhelming. For instance, when Vis reproaches Ramin in a ten-part letter. There are some action scenes to contrast with the poetics of languishing, though. Watch for Vis's athletic, thrilling and very funny leap out of top-security confinement.
Eric Norris
A romance in rhyming couplets. Possibly the origin of the Tristan and Isolde story. A bit annoying. Then very annoying. Eventually, when I had had my fill of cypress tears, rose sherbet breasts, etc., I found my wishing the cuckolded king would bring in assassins to strangle the lovers so I could move onto something else.
Jul 06, 2015 Nicholas rated it really liked it
This Persian epic is thought to have influenced both the story of Tristan and Isolde as well as the Troilus and Criseyde. Dick Davis translates it wonderfully into English heroic couplets well retaining the imagery of the original
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Gorgani was an 11th-century Persian poet. He is most famous for versifying the legend of Vis and Rāmin, a story from the Parthian period.

Many transliterations of his name exist in English:
Fakhruddin As'ad Gurgani,
Fakhraddin Asaad Gorgani,
Fakhr-od-Dīn Ās'ād Gorgānī,
Asad Gorgani,
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