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Omar Khayyam Hey! I'd like to ask you, do you know who is Omar Khayyam? Have you heard about him and his rubaiyat? And if you have, do you agree with him about wine?)
Mar 25, 2018 4:28 PM
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The Edward FitzGerald translation is considered a classic of English literature. It was widely taught in schools here for decades, and almost anyone over the age of 50 probably recognizes this famous passage:

A book of verses beneath the bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread – and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness –
Oh, wilderness were paradise enow!

I was required to memorize a chunk of it in high school. I remember dreading the assignment, but was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. It was my favorite poem in the entire one-year survey.

March 25, 2018
I don't know this Persian poet and I didn't learn about him at school. This situation shows me how affluent area of culture in unknown for some people. I can imagine that Arabian literature has wider and longer than European history so probably there is more this kind of great poets than we can suppose. Despite learning at school about famous philosophers and Greek ancient history we got knowledge only about a scrap of world culture. I don't know about any Arabic literature. I suppose Chinese, India or Japan have a similar wide culture of world literature but we know hardly what or nothing about these. It points me how little knowledge we have about history and culture of our world particularly remote one.
March 25, 2018

@Grzegorz

Arabian literature is irrelevant to the discussion.

March 25, 2018
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