Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Damion Reads from “Rubáiyát” May 12

BISBEE, AZ – “… a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou…”

Local resident Damion will present a dramatic recitation of “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám” at a special Mothers’ Day Tea set for Saturday, May 12, at 1:00pm at the Copper Queen Library, 6 Main Street, Old Bisbee.

Attributed to the Persian mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyám (1048–1123), the “Rubáiyát” (derived from the Arabic root word for the number four) is a collection of approximately one thousand quatrains – verses of four lines – originally written in the Persian language.

Of the many translations in existence, the best known in English are the hundred verses translated in the 19th century by Edward Fitzgerald (including the one quoted above).

The recitation is free and open to the public.