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Persian Literature & The West – II

Posted in Iran, Literature, Persian literature, Poetry by homeyra on November 12, 2006

Persian Studies professor Dick Davis of the Ohio State University states that relative to its scope, more of Persian literature has passed into the common stock of English proverbial expression and cliché than is true of literary works of any other language. As a demonstrative metric, the 1953 edition of The Oxford Book of Quotations, contains no less than 188 excerpts from the Rubaiyat alone, of which 59 are complete quatrains, virtually two thirds of the total work of Omar Khayam. Not even Shakespeare or the Authorized Version of the Bible are represented by such massive percentages.”

Sources : see part I to be continued


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