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FitzGerald and his Rubaiyat alive again in Boulge Church

May 4, 2015

IMG_0179On the afternoon of Sunday 3rd May, memories of Edward FitzGerald and his Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam were revived in the village of Boulge near Woodbridge, where the author spent so much of his life. The church of St Michael and All Angels, where FitzGerald is buried, was the venue for a reading of his Rubaiyat by Charles Mugleston, who has long been an enthusiast for the poem. His reading was in fact more of a performance of the poem, bringing the verses, the poet Khayyam and the famous pots very much to life, and making FitzGerald’s poetry accessible to many in the audience who had heard of the poem, but did not know it well. To those of us who are well acquainted with the verses, Charles brought new insights for which we are grateful.

The presentation of the poem was accompanied by music at the beginning and end which added to the atmosphere of the occasion, and, before the reading of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat, Hazhir Teimourian, the author of a biography of Omar Khayyam, took the audience back over 900 years while reading two of Khayyam’s quatrains in the original Persian. Over 50 people attended the event, nearly filling the small church, and, in addition to the poetic feast, they were offered other refreshment in the form of wine, grapes and Persian pastries. This was an altogether delightful and enlightening occasion and we are very grateful to Charles Mugleston and the other organisers and helpers for creating an event that keeps the legacy of FitzGerald and Khayyam alive in the modern world.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2015 12:13 am

    This sounds so wonderful an occasion and tribute to FitzGerald and Khayyám. Three cheers to the organizers and to OKR for letting us all know.

  2. May 12, 2015 7:15 pm

    Thank you Barney – good of you to respond so. If you would like a copy of the programme for the day, I can send one to you via email – if you wish to send it.
    All good wishes. Charles Mugleston

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