The Rubaiyat : Quatrain VIII









And look--a thousand Blossoms with the Day
Woke--and a thousand scatter'd into Clay:
And this first Summer Month that brings the Rose
Shall take Jamshyd and Kaikobad away.











This is the eighth quatrain of the "The Rubaiyat". The underlying theme seems to be one of life and death and continuity. The first two lines say that see, a thousand roses bloom as the day begins and see at the same time thousands seem to be scattering into the clay, withering away. Life is all about renewal, the new will replace the dead and the circle of Life will continue!. This is the only thing Constant. One that is alive will die one day, and a new birth will replace it. Nothing will stop, the generation will move on and the song will go on. The next two lines say that this summer month will bring the new glory of the newly blooming rose and in its flourish it will fade the memory and glories of the ancient kingdoms of Jamshed and Kaikobad. The new will supplant the old. The march of animate continues and older times and generations will be give way to the newer generation

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