Persian poetry exhibition attracts international coverage

rubaiyat_identityThe Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West has recently garnered coverage in multiple Arabic and Persian news outlets.

The exhibition has been mentioned in the Tehran Times, Payvand’s Iran News,, Persian Journal, Press TV and Aaram News.

The U.S. Department of State has also published information about the exhibition on its website in English, Persian and Arabic.

The Persian Sensation is on display at the Ransom Center through Aug. 2. The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald’s landmark translation of the poetry of the medieval Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám. These gemlike verses about mortality, fate, and doubt became an unprecedented popular phenomenon in England and America but have since fallen into obscurity. Featuring 200 items from the Ransom Center’s extensive collections, the exhibition narrates The Rubáiyát’s history through such items as Persian manuscripts, miniature editions, and illustrated parodies.

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.”