Poetry on the Plaza: The Rossetti Circle

The Harry Ransom Center presents the first Poetry on the Plaza event of the spring, “The Rossetti Circle,” at noon, tomorrow, Feb. 4.

Poet, painter and designer Dante Gabriel Rossetti was at the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English poets and artists who sought to reform the arts and looked for inspiration in nature. In 1861, they “discovered” Edward FitzGerald’s translation of the “Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,” a series of four-line poems by 11th-century Persian poet and astronomer Omar Khayyám, and set it on a path to popularity in the Western world.

Join readers Katharine Beutner, English graduate student and author of the forthcoming novel, “Alcestis;” Betty Sue Flowers, director of the LBJ Library and Museum; Carol MacKay, professor of English; and Molly Schwartzburg, curator of British and American Literature at the Ransom Center.

Enjoy listening to works by Rossetti and his circle, including Algernon Charles Swinburne, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti and William Morris, and follow the remarkable path of FitzGerald’s translation in the new HRC exhibit “The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West.”