New PDF release: A Literary History of Persia

By E.G. Browne

ISBN-10: 0415469473

ISBN-13: 9780415469470

ISBN-10: 1134568428

ISBN-13: 9781134568420

Browne's recognized paintings, first released in 1902, was once the fundamental textual content on literary background in Persian experiences for a few years. As an summary of Persian literature from the earliest instances until eventually Firdawsi, it is still a priceless reference. Out of print for your time, it's now reissued as a library variation, in facsimile to trap the texture of the unique version.

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That the verse is apposite cannot be denied: the poet wanted a present from the Amír, and his hint is delicate yet unmistakeable. The antithesis between the loss in money and the gain in glory and fame is well brought out. The refrain, needed only at the end of the verse, is here naturally and effectively anticipated at the end of the first hemistich. The equivalent which the Amír receives for his money is clearly indicated; and the last three “touches,” two of which at least can only be judged in the original, are undeniably present.

808–9). This extract from ‘Awfí’s work (the Lubábu’l-Albáb), including four couplets of the poem in question, was published, with translation, by Dr. H. Ethé in his interesting paper entitled Rûdagî’s Vorlaüfer und Zeitgenossen (pp. 36–38), but I entirely agree with A. de Biberstein Kazimirski’s9 view as to the spurious character of this poem. H. D. ” The verse is as follows:— Mihtarí gar bi-kám-i-shír dar-ast Shaw, khaṭar kun, zi kám-i-shír bi-júy, Yá buzurgí u náz u ni‘mat u jáh, Yá, chú mardán’t marg-i-rúy-á-rúy.

The irresistible Mongol hordes were bloodthirsty heathens who respected nothing, but slew, burnt, and destroyed without mercy or compunction. “They came, they uprooted, they burned, they slew, they carried off, they departed” (“Ámadand, u kandand, u súkhtand, u kushtand, u burdand, u raftand”)8—such was the account of their methods and procedure given by one of the few who escaped from the sack of Bukhárá, wherein 30,000 were slain; and there were other cities which fared even worse than Bukhárá.

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