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The examination of the originality of Persian literary works by way of the scientific method may lead to a set of criteria to ascertain authenticity. It may also lead to a proper verdict as to the originality of those texts whose authorship are yet in question. Despite a remarkable body of scholarship on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyar, debate over the originality and even the number of Khayyam’s couplets are still unresolved. In this article, as a result, we attempt to study and compare the thematic structures of two sets of twenty couplets, one original and the other acribed to Khayyam, by way of employing an analyitic-statistical and linguistic methodology. Our assessment of the texts indicates that Khayyam’s admittedly original work is more intelligible and strucutally simple whereas the works ascribed to the poet are rather intricate and prone to marked structures. From this vantage point, and by virtue of their varying structures, we conclude that the category of couplets ascribed to Khayyam are definitely not his.
Key Words: Khayyam, authentic Rubaiyat, ascribed Rubaiyat, functional linguistics, thematic structure.