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Opportunity to learn more about Edward FitzGerald, Bedford, and the Rubáiyat of Omar Khayyám

November 2, 2014

Garry Garrard has alerted us to a special one day course of interest to students of FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat, being run in Bedford on Saturday 8th November

f01-1iefgd28scfThis day course is being organised by The Retirement Education Centre in Bedford and is presented by Dr Stephen Rogers. The title of the day is Edward FitzGerald, Bedford, and the Rubáiyat of Omar Khayyám, and the accompanying description is as follows.

“Ezra Pound claimed that FitzGerald’s version of the Rubáiyat was ‘the only good poem of Vict[orian] era that has got beyond a fame de cénacle.’ Indeed its fame reached across America and Laurens van der Post recorded that it was still known by heart in remote provinces of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. We will discover that FitzGerald was profoundly influenced by his visits to Bedford and the surrounding countryside in the 1830s, 40s and 50s; and whilst it might be too much to describe him as a great Bedfordian, it is well to acknowledge his debt to the town. We will examine the man and his works. How accurate is his version of Omar’s work? Can the work of a translator of poetry ever be just the exact repetition of work in one language into another? Why was FitzGerald’s version so important? ”

There are further details on http://recbedford.co.uk/courses_we.html . Course number is WEF 08A, cost £24 to non-members. You can book online, or by telephone 01234 302203/4.

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  1. November 3, 2014 3:12 pm

    How I’d love to attend. You going, Garry?

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