Sohrab and Rustum

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A poem by M. Arnold, published 1853. The story is taken from Firdausi's Persian epic. It recounts, in blank verse adorned by epic similes, the fatal outcome of Sohrab's search for his father Rustum, the leader of the Persian forces. Rustum (who believes his own child to be a girl) accepts the challenge of Sohrab, now leader of the Tartars: the two meet in single combat, at first unaware of one another's identity, which is confirmed only when Sohrab has been mortally wounded.

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