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Selected Poems of Shmuel Hanagid (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

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Publisher Comments:

"Here is indeed a remarkable event . . . the unearthing of a major and until today mostly ignored Andalusian Hebrew poet . . . The poetry itself sings as it once did in another language, culture, and time, thanks to Peter Cole's erudition and poetic sensibility. Not only are major translation problems overcome by intelligence and sensitivity, but the introduction provides informative observations concerning both the Arabic and Hebrew poetic traditions in Moslem Spain. These are poems to be remembered, especially since, in working through conflicting theories of translations, they have perfectly managed to avoid all the current pitfalls, all the circumlocutions and tricks."--Award Citation, 1998 MLA-Scaglione Prize for Translation

"These very fine translations of the work of a remarkable medieval poet gain their authority as much from the literary gifts of the poet-translator as from his linguistic and historical knowledge. They convince us by their strong and supple appeal to the ear, as well as by their diction. For the English-speaking reader, this volume of lyric, epigram and epic narrative brings a treasure to light in the way it deserves to be presented."--John Hollander, Yale University

"Medieval Hebrew poetry is particularly difficult to render poetically in English. Peter Cole's remarkable translations, in this vital sense, are a splendid achievement."--Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Columbia University

Synopsis:

"These very fine translations of the work of a remarkable medieval poet gain their authority as much from the literary gifts of the poet-translator as from his linguistic and historical knowledge. They convince us by their strong and supple appeal to the ear, as well as by their diction. For the English-speaking reader, this volume of lyric, epigram and epic narrative brings a treasure to light in the way it deserves to be presented."--John Hollander, Yale University "Medieval Hebrew poetry is particularly difficult to render "poetically in English. Peter Cole's remarkable translations, in this vital sense, are a splendid achievement."--Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Columbia University

Synopsis:

The first major poet of the Hebrew literary renaissance of Moslem Spain, Shmuel Ben Yosef Ha-Levi HaNagid (993-1056 c.e.) was also the Prime Minister of the Muslim state of Granada, battlefield commander of the non-Jewish Granadan army, and one of the leading religious figures in a medieval Jewish world that stretched from Andalusia to Baghdad. Peter Cole's groundbreaking versions of HaNagid's poems capture the poet's combination of secular and religious passion, as well as his inspired linking of Hebrew and Arabic poetic practice. This annotated Selected Poems is the most comprehensive collection of HaNagid's work published to date in English.

"The Multiple Troubles of Man"

The multiple troubles of man,


my brother, like slander and pain,


amaze you? Consider the heart


which holds them all


in strangeness, and doesn't break.

"I'd Suck Bitter Poison from the Viper's Mouth"

I'd suck bitter poison from the viper's mouth


and live by the basilisk's hole forever,


rather than suffer through evenings with boors,


fighting for crumbs from their table.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
An Andalusian Chronology
On Fleeing His City
The Miracle at Sea
A Curse
The Apple
Jasmine
The Gazelle
The Fawn
Where's That Coy Gazelle
In Fact I Love That Fawn
I'll Show You a Fawn
They Stole My Sleep
His Brother's Illness
On the Death of Isaac, His Brother
The Friends
The House of Prayer
The Critique
The Pain
What Are These
A Day of Distress
The Victory Over Seville
The Dream
The War with Yadir
On Lifting the Siege
Your Manuscript Shines
To Yehosef, His Son
Pass of Sand
Among My Friends
Rise Early
Your Years Are Sleep
Sad Friend
How I Helped the Wise
Rouge in Appearance
Take the Crystal
Truth Is Hard
When the Lord Is with You
One Who Works and Buys Himself Books
How Could You Loathe
Forgive the Man Who Sinned Against You
If You're Finding the Good at Fault
Delay Your Speech
I'd Suck Bitter Poison from the Viper's Mouth
If You Don't Have the Power to Pay
He Who Lingers at the Court of the King
In Business Don't Get Involved
If You Shame a Man
People Welcome the Rich
He Whose Heart in His Heart
If You Leave a Long-Loved Friend
Respect and Discretion
The Rich Are Small
You Who'd Be Wise
When You're Desperate
It's Heart that Discerns
Stab Your Heart
Is There Any Frustration
Did Your Father Leave You Glory
Could Kings Right a People Gone Bad
The King
He'll Bring You Trouble
The Wise Understand
Assistants Come to Judgment in Groups
The Good Students Tend
What's Familiar Is Sometimes Distanced
The Heart Holds Hidden Knowledge
First War
Soar, Don't Settle
Commerce Has Markets
Three Things
The Foolish Enemy's Face Tells All
Man's Wisdom Is in What He Writes
Gazing Through the Night
Lovers of Life
The Multiple Troubles of Man
Be Glad, She Said
Earth to Man
Your Loved Ones Depress You
Soul Opens Inside You
The Child at One or Two
Fear Five to the Power of Five
I Quartered the Troops for the Night
Why Repeat the Sins
Time Defies and Betrays the Patricians
You Felt the Fear of Death
Why Should the Hearts of You Purists
Luxuries Ease
You're Trapped, My Tongue
Friends, a Fence Surrounds Us
Youth Brings Us
He Who Depends on the Princes
On Their Couches Stretched Out at the Treasury
Come Up and See the Court
Suffer the World
The Market
Flutter or Rest
See the Fraud Flow By
The Earthquake
Two Eclipses
The Tyrant Who Rules the Homeless and Poor
My Spirit
The Black of My Hair
Ask the Dead and They'll Tell You
Send the Lord to the People
Cast Your Bread
Know of the Limbs
You Mock Me Now in Your Youth
You Think There's No Hell That Will Hold You
You Look Through Open Eyes
Everything Hidden
Notes
Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691011219
Translator:
Cole, Peter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Cole, Peter
Author:
Hanagid, Shmuel
Author:
Cole, Peter
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Samuel
Subject:
Single Author - Other
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Samuel - Translations into English
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Spain & Portugal
Series:
Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Selected Poems of Shmuel Hanagid (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)
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Product details 312 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691011219 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "These very fine translations of the work of a remarkable medieval poet gain their authority as much from the literary gifts of the poet-translator as from his linguistic and historical knowledge. They convince us by their strong and supple appeal to the ear, as well as by their diction. For the English-speaking reader, this volume of lyric, epigram and epic narrative brings a treasure to light in the way it deserves to be presented."--John Hollander, Yale University "Medieval Hebrew poetry is particularly difficult to render "poetically in English. Peter Cole's remarkable translations, in this vital sense, are a splendid achievement."--Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Columbia University
"Synopsis" by , The first major poet of the Hebrew literary renaissance of Moslem Spain, Shmuel Ben Yosef Ha-Levi HaNagid (993-1056 c.e.) was also the Prime Minister of the Muslim state of Granada, battlefield commander of the non-Jewish Granadan army, and one of the leading religious figures in a medieval Jewish world that stretched from Andalusia to Baghdad. Peter Cole's groundbreaking versions of HaNagid's poems capture the poet's combination of secular and religious passion, as well as his inspired linking of Hebrew and Arabic poetic practice. This annotated Selected Poems is the most comprehensive collection of HaNagid's work published to date in English.

"The Multiple Troubles of Man"

The multiple troubles of man,


my brother, like slander and pain,


amaze you? Consider the heart


which holds them all


in strangeness, and doesn't break.

"I'd Suck Bitter Poison from the Viper's Mouth"

I'd suck bitter poison from the viper's mouth


and live by the basilisk's hole forever,


rather than suffer through evenings with boors,


fighting for crumbs from their table.

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