The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492

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Princeton University Press, Jan 10, 2009 - Poetry - 576 pages
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Hebrew culture experienced a renewal in medieval Spain that produced what is arguably the most powerful body of Jewish poetry written since the Bible. Fusing elements of East and West, Arabic and Hebrew, and the particular and the universal, this verse embodies an extraordinary sensuality and intense faith that transcend the limits of language, place, and time.

Peter Cole's translations reveal this remarkable poetic world to English readers in all of its richness, humor, grace, gravity, and wisdom. The Dream of the Poem traces the arc of the entire period, presenting some four hundred poems by fifty-four poets, and including a panoramic historical introduction, short biographies of each poet, and extensive notes. (The original Hebrew texts are available on the Princeton University Press Web site.) By far the most potent and comprehensive gathering of medieval Hebrew poems ever assembled in English, Cole's anthology builds on what poet and translator Richard Howard has described as "the finest labor of poetic translation that I have seen in many years" and "an entire revelation: a body of lyric and didactic verse so intense, so intelligent, and so vivid that it appears to identify a whole dimension of historical consciousness previously unavailable to us." The Dream of the Poem is, Howard says, "a crowning achievement."

 

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Review: The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim & Christian Spain, 950-1492

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

Cole's translation is excellent; the English translations are fluid and creative. This book of poetry spans 500 years of Spanish poets writing about religion, love, God, and everyday life. Some verses sound like they could be from the Psalms. Read full review

Review: The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim & Christian Spain, 950-1492

User Review  - Ivan Granger - Goodreads

A very good collection of the great Hebrew poets and writers who emerged from the flowering of Jewish culture in Medieval Spain. A nice sampling of important figures of Kabbalah, philosophy, and culture, like Hanagid, ibn Gabirol, Halevi, Abulafia, and many more. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Muslim Spain c 950c 1140
21
Christian Spain and Provence c 11401492
171
Notes
337
Glossary
527
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About the author (2009)

Peter Cole's poems are collected in What Is Doubled: Poems 1981-1998. His most recent book is The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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