Books and Bridges: Reflections on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Join us Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 PM, for Rasoul Sham's presentation "Reflections on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam". A Books and Bridges Event.

Rasoul Shams, director of the Rumi Poetry Club, will discuss transience in the poetry of Omar Khayyam, from both Persian and English sources. Five centuries before Shakespeare, a Persian astronomer and mathematician composed a series of short poems on the meaning, joy, and pain of life. These poems titled “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” were translated into charming English verse by Edward FitzGerald in the 19th century. Ever since then the spiritual vision of the Rubaiyat has inspired generations of readers, well before other popular poets like Gibran and Rumi. A Q&A and refreshments will follow. The lecture is free, open to the public, and made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities. From the Rubaiyat:

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.    

Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102