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by Ilyas ibn Yusuf Nizami
Translated and presented by Andrew Mango
Part of the poem Is read in Persian by S. A. Q. Taheri
Medieval Persian poetry presents the translator with peculiar difficulties. Because of its relatively limited vocabulary, poets progressively developed the content of words by metaphorical extensions of meaning and by the conscious use of ambiguity and association.
In this programme the intention is to suggest, by the use of three voices, something of the quality which this poem, written some time before 1209, could have had for a contemporary Persian audience. The translation of the poem itself is carried by the second voice; the first voice presents the poet's data (references to the Qur'an and the canonical traditions); while the third voice unfolds some of the complex associations of word and image.


Ilyas Ibn Yusuf Nizami
Presented By:
Andrew Mango
First Voice:
Denis McCarthy
Second Voice:
V C Clinton-Baddeley
Third Voice:
Robert Farquharson

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