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  1. In “Rebellious God”, Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad writes:
    “I’d happily exchange the golden crown of divinity
    For the dark, aching embrace of a sin.”
    She shares with Omar Khayyam a passion for passionate love and an allegiance to a kind of sin that is really unbridled divinity. Her style is intense and often meloncholy, however, in contrast to Khayyam’s upbeatness.

  2. When you started this feature, the link to Whinfield went to the original quatrain, but for months now it has just gone to the first page, and the reader has to search for the right poem. Is there a way to restore the previous practice?

    • Some kind soul posted the first 70 pages of Whinfield at a Wiki, which allowed me to link to individual pages. The other individual pages are not separately available on the web. Alas, I don’t have time to do it myself, so I’m linking to the book as a pdf.

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