Tuesday, 8 November 2016
The Throne Of Saturn
I rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate,
And many Knots unravel’d by the Road;
But not the Master-Knot of Human Fate.
-copied from here.
Marginally sfnal because of the reference to Saturn. Nominally linked to Poul Anderson's "The Saturn Game."
Does the poem refer to the planet or the god? There was a time before that distinction had been made. But I think that maybe in this case the name "Saturn" is an addition by the translator, Fitzgerald, rather than part of the Persian original?
It has been fascinating in recent posts to detour into the Rubaiyat and into a speculative time travel scenario but it is nearly time to rejoin Poul Anderson's The People Of The Wind where we left the Terran Imperial Space Navy attacking the planet Avalon.