The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse
This stunning anthology gathers together the riches of poetry in Hebrew from 'The Song of Deborah' to contemporary Israeli writings. Verse written up to the tenth century show the development of piyut, or liturgical poetry, and retell episodes from the Bible and exalt the glory of God. Medieval works introduce secular ideas in love poems, wine songs and rhymed narratives, as well as devotional verse for specific religious rituals. Themes such as the longing for the homeland run through the ages, especially in verse written after the rise of the Zionist movement, while poems of the last century marry Biblical references with the horrors of the Holocaust. Together these works create a moving portrait of a rich and varied culture through the last 3,000 years.
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FROM THE TENTH TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
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Abraham acrostic Andalusian angels Arabic Ashkenazi Babylonia beauty beloved Bialik biblical biblical poetry binding of Isaac bless blood century classical clouds darkness daughter dawn death dirge earth enemies eyes face father fire flesh gates gazelle genres glory God’s hand Haskalah head heart heaven Hebrew poetry holy hymn Isaac Israel Italian Italy Jerusalem Jewish Jews Jokhebed Judah kabbalistic kedushta King lament Lea Goldberg light liturgical living Lord Lord’s lover maqama mercy merkava Messiah metre Midrashic moon Moses Moses ibn Ezra mother mountains mouth muwashshah night Ninth of Av Palestine paytan paytanim piyut piyutim poems poet’s poetic poets praise prayer prophet rabbinic rejoice rhyme rhymed prose Sa’adiah secular poetry sequence sing sins slaughtered sleep song sonnet soul Spain Spanish splendour stanza strophic syllables Talmudic tears throne tradition translated trees verse voice wine words written Yannai yotser Zion