Sunday, 18 April 2010

Your own view of Paradise

image "A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

from The Rubaiyat By Omar Khayyam

Looking for something interesting to watch on a Sunday afternoon, I came across The Genius of Omar Khayyam (BBC4), presented by Iranian journalist, Sadeq Saba.

It's a fascinating history of this 11th Century Persian astronomer, mathematician and poet and, probably most fascinating about it is how these verses still seem to have a relevant message in the modern world.

Although, I guess, like most poetry, quotes, lyrics, etc., each of us will have our own personal interpretation of their meaning. For me, the verse above, not only speaks of enjoying the moment, but brings calm, tranquility and simplicity, above all, conjuring up an image (and hope) for a place I want to be at.

The program is only available on iPlayer until tomorrow, Monday 19th April 2010, otherwise, you'll have to look out for repeats or other sources.

(For readers in the colonies and elsewhere in the world, How to Access the BBC iPlayer from Outside the U.K.)

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