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Gray’s Elegy and FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat

March 1, 2016
by John Giles Eccardt,painting,1747-1748

by John Giles Eccardt,painting,1747-1748

Bob Forrest has recently posted on his website a new article discussing various aspects of the life and works of Edward FitzGerald and Thomas Gray (pictured);  the latter, a poet who lived 1716-71, was the author of, inter alia, Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.  As Tony Briggs examined in an earlier paper (see reference below), there are interesting parallels and differences between the two poets.  Bob Forrest explores their experiences and most famous literary legacies in considerable detail and his article is well worth perusing.  It is to be found via the following link:  http://www.bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/Appendices/app24/app24.htm

Tony Briggs paper is to be found in Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Popularity and Neglect edited by Adrian Poole, Christine van Ruymbeke, William H. Martin and Sandra Mason (London: Anthem Press, 2011), p.73–92.

For those who don’t know Bob Forrest’s website, it contains a treasure trove of interesting articles relating to the Rubaiyat, as well are much other intriguing material.  New pieces of research are added regularly.  You can find a link to all the main items that concern the Rubaiyat on the following page:  http://www.bobforrestweb.co.uk/The_Rubaiyat/index_of_the_rubaiyat_archive.htm.

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