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Poet, philosopher, and sensitive misanthrope, a spectacular fly in the ointment of the refined eleventh-century Andalusian-Jewish elite, Solomon Ibn Gabirol comes down to us as one of the most complicated intellectual figures in the history of post-biblical Judaism. Unlike his worldly predecessor Shmuel HaNagid, the first important poet of the period, Ibn Gabirol was a reclusive, mystically inclined figure whose modern-sounding medieval poems range from sublime descriptions of the heavenly spheres to poisonous jabs at court life and its pretenders. His verse, which demonstrates complete mastery of the classicizing avant-garde poetics of the day, grafted an Arabic aesthetic onto a biblical vocabulary and Jewish setting, taking Hebrew poetry to a level of metaphysical sophistication and devotional power it has not achieved since.

Peter Cole's selection includes poems from nearly all of Ibn Gabirol's secular and liturgical lyric genres, as well as a complete translation of the poet's long masterwork, "Kingdom's Crown." Cole's rich, inventive introduction places the poetry in historical context and charts its influence through the centuries. Extensive annotations accompany the poems. This companion volume to Peter Cole's critically acclaimed Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid presents the first comprehensive selection of Ibn Gabirol's verse to be published in English and brings to life an astonishing body of poetry by one of the greatest Jewish writers of all time.

Synopsis:

"Peter Cole's versions of Ibn Gabirol far surpass any previously available in English. "Kingdom's Crown" is particularly magnificent and is a superb literary achievement in itself."--Harold Bloom

"Peter Cole's work is 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. His work represents the finest labor of poetic translation that I have seen in many years. I am wildly enthusiastic about this fine translation of Ibn Gabirol. It is a service to readers and to literature."--Richard Howard, Poetry Editor, Paris Review, winner of the 1983 National Book Award for his translation of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal

Synopsis:

Poet, philosopher, and sensitive misanthrope, a spectacular fly in the ointment of the refined eleventh-century Andalusian-Jewish elite, Solomon Ibn Gabirol comes down to us as one of the most complicated intellectual figures in the history of post-biblical Judaism. Unlike his worldly predecessor Shmuel HaNagid, the first important poet of the period, Ibn Gabirol was a reclusive, mystically inclined figure whose modern-sounding medieval poems range from sublime descriptions of the heavenly spheres to poisonous jabs at court life and its pretenders. His verse, which demonstrates complete mastery of the classicizing avant-garde poetics of the day, grafted an Arabic aesthetic onto a biblical vocabulary and Jewish setting, taking Hebrew poetry to a level of metaphysical sophistication and devotional power it has not achieved since.

Peter Cole's selection includes poems from nearly all of Ibn Gabirol's secular and liturgical lyric genres, as well as a complete translation of the poet's long masterwork, "Kingdom's Crown." Cole's rich, inventive introduction places the poetry in historical context and charts its influence through the centuries. Extensive annotations accompany the poems. This companion volume to Peter Cole's critically acclaimed Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid presents the first comprehensive selection of Ibn Gabirol's verse to be published in English and brings to life an astonishing body of poetry by one of the greatest Jewish writers of all time.

Table of Contents

Solomon Ibn Gabirol: An Andalusian Alphabet 3

FROM THE DIWAN OF SOLOMON IBN GABIROL

Truth Seekers Turn 41

PERSONAL POEMS AND POEMS OF COURT

I'm Prince to the Poem 45

My Words Are Driven 46

Forget About If and Maybe 47

Prologue to the Book of Grammar 49

My Condition Worsened 51

All My Desire 52

The Apple: I 53

The Rose 54

See the Sun 55

They Asked Me As Though They Were Mystified 56

On Leaving Saragossa 57

The Moon Was Cut 61

My Heart Thinks As the Sun Comes Up 62

The Palace Garden 63

Winter with Its Ink 66

The Garden 67

The Field 68

The Bee 69

Isn't the Sky 70

The Lily 71

Now the Thrushes 72

The Apple: II 73

The Lightning 74

The Lip of the Cup 75

I'd Give Up My Soul Itself 76

Tell the Boy 77

Be Smart with Your Love 78

All in Red 79

Shards 80

The Apple: III 81

You've Stolen My Words 82

The Altar of Song 83

Tell the Prince 84

What's Troubling You, My Soul 85

The Pen 88

What's With You 89

God-Fearing Men 90

Your Soul Strains and You Sigh 91

Don't Look Back 94

If This Life's Joy 95

When You Find Yourself Angry 96

I Am the Man 97

And Don't Be Astonished 99

The Tree 100

If You'd Live Among Men 104

Why Are You Frightened 105

A Kite 106

And Heart's Hollow 107

I Love You 108

POEMS OF DEVOTION

Before My Being 111

Three Things 112

I Look for You 113

Forget Your Grief 114

The Hour of Song 117

Two Things Meet in Me 118

Small in My Awe 119

Open the Gate 120

My Thoughts Asked Me 121

Angels Amassing 122

All the Creatures of Earth and Heaven 124

He Dwells Forever 126

And So It Came to Nothing 129

Haven't I Hidden Your Name 130

Lord Who Listens 131

I've Made You My Refuge 132

Lips for Bullocks 133

I Take Great Pleasure 134

Send Your Spirit 135

You Lie in My Palace on Couches of Gold 136

KINGDOM'S CROWN 137

Notes 197

Bibliography 317

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691070322
Translator:
Cole, Peter
Author:
Cole, Peter
Author:
Ibn Gabirol, Solomon
Author:
Ibn, Solomon
Author:
Gabirol, Solomon Ibn
Author:
Ibn
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Ibn gabirol, solomon ben judah, 1021-1058
Subject:
Ibn Gabirol
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Series Volume:
01-5
Publication Date:
February 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illus.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Peter Cole's versions of Ibn Gabirol far surpass any previously available in English. "Kingdom's Crown" is particularly magnificent and is a superb literary achievement in itself."--Harold Bloom

"Peter Cole's work is 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. His work represents the finest labor of poetic translation that I have seen in many years. I am wildly enthusiastic about this fine translation of Ibn Gabirol. It is a service to readers and to literature."--Richard Howard, Poetry Editor, Paris Review, winner of the 1983 National Book Award for his translation of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal

"Synopsis" by , Poet, philosopher, and sensitive misanthrope, a spectacular fly in the ointment of the refined eleventh-century Andalusian-Jewish elite, Solomon Ibn Gabirol comes down to us as one of the most complicated intellectual figures in the history of post-biblical Judaism. Unlike his worldly predecessor Shmuel HaNagid, the first important poet of the period, Ibn Gabirol was a reclusive, mystically inclined figure whose modern-sounding medieval poems range from sublime descriptions of the heavenly spheres to poisonous jabs at court life and its pretenders. His verse, which demonstrates complete mastery of the classicizing avant-garde poetics of the day, grafted an Arabic aesthetic onto a biblical vocabulary and Jewish setting, taking Hebrew poetry to a level of metaphysical sophistication and devotional power it has not achieved since.

Peter Cole's selection includes poems from nearly all of Ibn Gabirol's secular and liturgical lyric genres, as well as a complete translation of the poet's long masterwork, "Kingdom's Crown." Cole's rich, inventive introduction places the poetry in historical context and charts its influence through the centuries. Extensive annotations accompany the poems. This companion volume to Peter Cole's critically acclaimed Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid presents the first comprehensive selection of Ibn Gabirol's verse to be published in English and brings to life an astonishing body of poetry by one of the greatest Jewish writers of all time.

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