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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam / Bird Parliament by Edward FitzGerald
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3.5 stars

"Oh, threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
One thing at least is certain--This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies. "


There are a total of 101 rubaiyats. Rubaiyat are quatrains, verses of 4 lines. There are standalone rubaiyat as well as continuation of earlier verses.

There are musings on life, death, heaven, hell, love, existence, wine, Gods, Kings and reputation.

There are some really beautiful and thoughtful verses but many do not make sense due to unfamiliar Persian names and places offered without context.

But I saved a lot of poems to read later. Can find wonderful gems if have patience to read through the unstructred ones or ones without much context.


"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. "



And fear not lest Existence closing your
Account, and mine, should know the like no more;
The Eternal Saki from that Bowl has pour'd
Millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour. "
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Reading Progress

February, 2019 – Started Reading
February, 2019 – Finished Reading
February 16, 2019 – Shelved
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: poetry
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: one-sitting-books
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-final-reading-list
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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