Khayyam’s minimalism attracts European readers: Afghan scholar

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) -- Afghan scholar Latif Nazemi said that Khayyam’s minimalism attracts European readers since he mentioned important issues in his couplets.

Nazemi, who has done much research on Khayyam, said that the notion of “carpe diem” (Latin, lit.: seize the day) which is present in most of his poems, attracts European readers.

 

Europeans know Khayyam more as a man who had broad knowledge in different fields, including astrology, rather than a mere poet, he added.

 

“Western readers are interested in Khayyam’s philosophy on life, death and the universe. He saw the world as beings more wondrous than his contemporary literati,” he mentioned.

 

Khayyam’s ideas were not traditional and they took a different view of death, human, life and world, he said.

 

In his day when all the poets lamented the sorrow and darkness of world he talked about happiness and stressed that one must benefit from each moment of his life, Nazemi mentioned.

 

“Khayyam had fewer poems in comparison with other world renowned poets and not many other poets are known worldwide who produced such a large quantity of work,” he added.

 

Although many people do not agree with some of Khayyam’s ideas, nonetheless they cannot deny that they are accurate and they cannot ignore his philosophy, he concluded.

 

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