Poems of the Orient

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Product Number: Z100028359
Released: Jul 01, 1998
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ISBN: #9781843795780
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The RubA'iyAt of Omar Khayyam, in the famous translation by Edward FitzGerald, remains one of the most popular poems. It expressed the fascination of Victorian England with the Orient. Here, it forms the main work in the first half, along with other shorter poems by other leading Persian and Indian figures, including Rumi, Sa'di and Rabindranath Tagore. The second half is devoted to works written by Western poets on the theme of the East with The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan, an excerpt from Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh - one of the best-sellers of the early nineteenth century.

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Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

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Genre: Poetry
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Released: Oct 01, 2019
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"The word "Orient" is a nineteenth-century European term, and a concept that carries the lush overtones of mystery, luxury, and exotica. These extravagant readings of familiar Middle Eastern and Indian poets and Western poets writing about the region harken back to the "mysterious East" of yesteryear. The selections are heavy in meter and rhyme, the readings are bombastically melodramatic in a style reminiscent of Vincent Price's in the "Thriller" video, and the musical interludes swell the pulse and the heart. It's all horribly, almost comically, over the top, yet it works wonderfully well, too, in the way old movies and forgotten pop tunes do. The musical selections are especially good, and give focus and purpose--and balance--to what might otherwise be kitsch. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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