Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, is a mystical, highly symbolic poem that deals with man's relation to God, the nature of the divine, the fleeting nature of life, and a host of other issues important to the contemplative mind. The poem, by the Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyam, is a distillation and translation of the over 1000 quatrains originally rendered in Farsi. In this program, the haunting, melancholy musings of the Persian philosopher-poet are brought to life in vivid detail by voice artist Bob McGraw. Accompanied by color illustrations by Edmund Dulac and the artist-photographer team of Blanche Cumming and Adelaide Hanscom, together with haunting melodies inspired by the cultures of the Arabian peninsula, this program brings the classic poem into vivid focus. Grades 8-12. 22 minutes on DVD.