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Crazy for Love

Objects Out Loud

  • 03/12/2021
  • 16 min

About this Episode

Could Shakespeare have been inspired by Arabic and Persian poetry? Did Romeo and Juliet have their origins in the Bedouin nomads of the Levant? Join Francesca Leoni as she takes us through the ancient love story of Layla and Majnun, through the lens of a jewel-like miniature painting in the Ashmolean’s archives. In this episode, you’ll hear the poetry of Shakespeare and Nizami Ganjavi.Poetry in this episodeRomeo and Juliet, by William ShakespeareLayli wa Majnun, by Nizami Ganjavi, with a prose translation by Rudolph GelpkeArtwork in this episodePage depicting Layla visiting Majnun in the wilderness View this onlineHosted by Lucie Dawkins, with Francesca Leoni. The producer is Lucie Dawkins.About Objects Out Loud: From a magician who inspired Shakespeare, and poems woven into Japanese prints, to manuscripts illuminated with the ancient love story of Layla and Majnun, this new podcast series will delve into the poetry and literature hidden in the collections at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.