Austins Rubaiyat: The Text Austin P. Torney

ISBN: 9781499520484

Published: May 12th 2014

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78 pages


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Austins Rubaiyat: The Text  by  Austin P. Torney

Austins Rubaiyat: The Text by Austin P. Torney
May 12th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 78 pages | ISBN: 9781499520484 | 8.71 Mb

This 6x9 b/w text edition contains all 650 or so of my rubaiyat-style quatrains. (Illustrated editions contain an illustration for every quatrain, and have art scapes in the title.) Prologue: Inspired by Omar, I have endeavored to capture hisMoreThis 6x9 b/w text edition contains all 650 or so of my rubaiyat-style quatrains.

(Illustrated editions contain an illustration for every quatrain, and have art scapes in the title.) Prologue: Inspired by Omar, I have endeavored to capture his spirit for more modern times, although I have surely been influenced by Edward FitzGeralds translated gems.

There is a companion prose version, The Triumph of Life, Love, and Being, in which a loving couple take a long, picaresque journey through the countryside to explore the joys and follies of the human condition, living out the quatrains. The Discovery: Long before Id ever heard of Omar Khayyam, I had come to some of the same conclusions as had he, or so my friend told me one day, saying that I was already living out and proving Omars philosophy. Amazed that I hadnt heard of Omar, my friend gave me a copy of The Rubaiyat, one of those charming small-sized editions from the late 1800s.

Of course, The Rubaiyat struck a chord in me which was already resonating to Omars frequency, so I read it cover to cover several times, with both wonderment and amazement. The Insight: As the years went by, I found other Rubaiyat editions and began collecting them. At the same time, I began writing down some experiences of my own, most of which I had either lived through or had seen through the eyes of my friends.

It eventually occurred to me that I could write my own set of quatrains. Somehow, inexplicably, the verses came to me, as I lived through all the experiences described. The Human Condition: My quatrains, like Omars, aim into the heart of lifes dilemmas, offering simple, common sense solutions. In this hectic, complicated world of ours, we often forget that it is the simple things in life that are still the most enjoyable and inexpensive.

Some may read my quatrains but immediately revert back to old habits, for change is not an easy thing. Please try. Likewise, the spirit of Omars heady Persia-fume has reached me across the centuries, and has overtaken me unaware, inspiring me to live and write, in that order. Illuminations: A few of the quatrains were obtained from my other poetry books, which poems in their full text can be found in Epic Thoughts: The Best Of.

Edward and Omar: Edward FitzGerald was among the first to translate Omars Rubaiyat from the Persian into English, and he rather loosely paraphrased it- however, he caught its spirit and even improved upon it. In translation, one cannot preserve literal meaning, rhyme, rhythm, and meter- therefore, what is left has to be enhanced and rearranged until everything fits. Fortunately, Edward FitzGerald was sufficiently overtaken by Omars fumes wafting across the centuries, and so he went on through the language barrier to recondense the Persia-fumes and redistill them into a Victorian age masterpiece.



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