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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyám
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Mar 21, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: poetry, classic
Read in September, 2006

I've never really been a poetry person, and I found this short book of 75 quatrains very difficult. I still don't think I understood a lot of it, but the general theme seemed to be about growing old and the wisdom of age. And getting pished (a fine word, used in the book itself ;-) ).

The rhyming scheme was also rather odd: the first two lines rhymed, the third didn't and the fourth rhymed with the first two. I found it fairly difficult to follow at times, but at others, it was fine. There were also a couple of places where it was obvious that Fitzgerald was playing with language but my own weakness there held me back from understanding properly (particularly using the differences between 'whence' and 'hence' and 'whither' and 'hither').

To be honest, I really don't think I got an awful lot out of this book.

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