Definitions for omar khayyámˈoʊ mɑr kaɪˈyɑm, -ˈyæm, ˈoʊ mər
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O•mar Khay•yámˈoʊ mɑr kaɪˈyɑm, -ˈyæm, ˈoʊ mər(n.)
died 1123?, Persian poet and mathematician.
Persian poet and mathematician and astronomer whose poetry was popularized by Edward Fitzgerald's translation (1050-1123)
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
astronomer-poet of Persia, born at Naishapur, in Khorassan; lived in the later half of the 11th century, and died in the first quarter of the 12th; wrote a collection of poems which breathe an Epicurean spirit, and while they occupy themselves with serious problems of life, do so with careless sportiveness, intent he on the enjoyment of the sensuous pleasures of life, like an easy-going Epicurean. The great problems of destiny don't trouble the author, they are no concern of his, and the burden of his songs assuredly is, as his translator says, "If not 'let us eat, let us drink, for to-morrow we die.'"
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