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Call to recognise Edward FitzGerald as a great Suffolk poet

May 24, 2018

Charles Mugleston has recently written an article on the Rubaiyat and Edward FitzGerald which has been published in Twelve Rivers, the journal of the Suffolk Poetry Society (Vol 9, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2018).  In a stimulating presentation, Charles sets out his views on why the poem still has so much to offer us, and on the qualities that FitzGerald brought to his interpretation of Khayyam’s verses.  He concludes by raising an important outstanding question; “What is Suffolk doing to honour this man and his work?”  He asks, and answers as follows.

“Is there an Edward FitzGerald Poetry competition? No, not yet…”

“Is there an Edward FitzGerald Arts Festival? Um, no, not yet…”

Is there a devoted space – a room with items that belonged to Edward FitzGerald telling his life story …? Well there was … in Christchurch Mansion [Ipswich] … but is it there now? Um, no!”

We hope that Charles’ efforts will help to stimulate more interest in the Rubaiyat and FitzGerald in the poet’s home county.  For anyone who is keen to see the print version of the article in Twelve Rivers, it can be obtained through membership of the Suffolk Poetry Society – see https://suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk/category/tags/twelve-rivers .  We understand that the issue with Charles’ article will be available online later in the year.

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