A Literary History of Persia, Vol. 2 by Edward G. Browne

By Edward G. Browne

Approximately 100 years seeing that its ebook, E. G. Browne's A Literary historical past of Persia is still a vintage paintings in English at the topic. Spanning 4 volumes, it took Browne over 25 years to write down and when it concentrates on Persian literature, it surveys many features of Persian tradition from pre-history to the 20 th century. quantity one covers the interval from the earliest classes of Persian background until eventually Firdawsi (AD 935-1020) a hugely respected poet. quantity appears to be like on the early medieval interval and particularly at the poet Saadi (1184-1283). quantity 3 specializes in the Tartar Dominion (1265-1502) and quantity 4 'Modern occasions' covers from 1500 to 1924. A impressive fulfillment upon first e-book, Cambridge college Press is happy on the way to carry its variation of this seminal paintings again into print.

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I t begins :Ay bi-farhang u 'ilm daryli'u l Man-am ti tu k i ld hayd land: Laysa mdrd bi-juz tu hamtli'u. Hazl-rri karda'im ihyzyci'u. D. 1529, and William Drummond of Hawthornden's Polcmo-Middinia, printed at Oxford in 1691. T h e followirig specimen from the latter may suffice :"Hit adcranl Geordy Akz~zhedzus,el little Johnus, Et Jamy Richmus, et slout Michel Hendersorzus, Qui gillalis pulclzris ante alios dansare solebat, Et bobbare bene, et lassas kissare bortnas; Duncan Olyphanlus valde stalvertus, el ejzrs Filius eldestus jolyboyus, atque Oldmondus," Gc.

H. EthB's very interesting paper, Uebet persisclzen Tenzoncn, published in the Acts of the Berlin Oriental Congress of 1881, pp. 48-135. MACARONlC VERSE 45 ~ h a hor acrostic,' the mu'ammd or riddle, the 'lughz or enigma, the na&ira (which may be merely a " parallel," or imitation, or an actual parody), and the tadmfn, or quotation (literally, "insertion '3, where a poem by another author is taken as the basis, and added to, often in the spirit of parody. T h e only example of this last I can recollect in English is by Lewis Carroll, and occurs in his Phantasmagoria, afterwards republished under the title of Rhyme?

D. 1677-78), who served as a model t o a host of Turkish verse-writers ; and, in much earlier times, Abu'l-Fad1 asSukkari, of Merv, who, as ath-Tha'hlibi informs us in his Yat/matu'd-Dahr (Damascus edition, vol. iv, pp. D. " 51. tad tdb-i-ndrmr~hrai-ntdr / "The water of the enemy extinguishes not thy fire ; the snakestonex cannot outshine the light I " 52. Gar malti, fdrigh az hawd-yi kltuszi,f: Gar mayi, imait az baldyi-khuindr I If thou art a moon, [then it is one] free from anxiety of eclipse : If thou art wine [it is wine] exempt from the plague of wine-headache I" Lughaz.

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