(Page being developed, August 16 1999.)

The translation is not very literal - all the strict literal translations have been done already; I tried for something new here, but true to the dramaturgy and essence of the poem. So I threw in Rufus Griswold vs. Edgar Allan Poe (& a touch of E. Fitzgerald's translation of 'Rubaiyat' of Omar Khayyam.) I like Poe, and it adds an Americanish touch . . . R.H., December 6, 1998.