Lalla Rookh

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A series of oriental tales in verse connected by a story in prose, by T. Moore, published 1817.

The frame story tells of the journey of Lalla Rookh ‘Tulip Cheek’, the daughter of the emperor, from Delhi to Kashmir, to be married to the king of Bucharia. On the way she and her train are diverted by four verse tales told by Feramorz, a young Kashmiri poet, with whom she falls in love and who turns out, on her arrival, to be the king of Bucharia himself. A series of accidents on the way throws the pompous chamberlain Fadladeen into a bad temper, which he vents in pungent criticisms of the young man's verse, in the style of the Edinburgh Review.

The first of the tales is written in heroic couplets, the others in stanzas of varied metre.

Subjects: Literature.

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Thomas Moore (1779—1852) poet

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