Originally posted by rvsakhadeo
Omar Khayyam wrote some extraordinarily beautiful poetry way back in the 12th century. His Rubaiyat can be said to be Philosophy structured in a song.What were the themes in the Rubaiyat-Hedonism? or Agnosticism ? or Theism ? Some examples will indicate what I mean. Two first stanzas apply particularly to RHP Spirituality Forum.
Myself when yo e talk awhile of me and thee
there was --- and then no more of thee and me
One of the first and most accessible philosophically-themed works (if not philosophy per se) that I discovered.
The following is relevant:
But helpless pieces in the game He plays
Upon this chequer-board of Nights and Days
He hither and thither moves, and checks ... and slays
Then one by one, back in the Closet lays
A different edition has it:
'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
Here is a nice illustrated first version with a preface on Khayyam:
Of course the Edward Fitzgerald versions and most likely all others, are not literal translations.