Studies in Medieval Jewish Poetry: A Messager upon the by Alessandro Guetta, Masha Itzhaki

By Alessandro Guetta, Masha Itzhaki

From Iraq to Spain, from Germany to Cataluna, from Italy to Yemen, poetry has been for hundreds of years a privileged mode of expression within the Jewish international. occasionally borrowing from the poetry of the land during which they lived, yet continually reinventing it in dating to the Hebrew language and to the Jewish cultural references, the 'medieval' Hebrew poets created a tremendous, variegated and engaging corpus. during this e-book, the superior expert of the sector examine assorted issues and authors of this practice, supplying new insights to famous authors or presenting much less celebrated works as both invaluable of analysis. due to this scholarship, the English reader could be in a position to penetrate the various social and ancient contexts of vital parts of Medieval Hebrew poetry in addition to the cultural implications of technical offerings it sounds as if impartial.

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E. Fleischer ( Jerusalem, 1995), 387). 20 This collection of homonym poems is to be published by Uri Melamed and Ephraim Yaakov. homonym poems in medieval hebrew literature 45 Moshe ibn Ezra’s book ends with the tenth gate, which is dedicated to wisdom and poetry. Joseph ben Tan˜um Hayerushalmi follows the example of Ibn Ezra’s book ‘Anak and organizes his collection of homonym poems, The Book of the Perfumed Flower Beds, in exactly the same way as Ibn Ezra did. The only difference is the naming of his chapters: they are not gates, but flower beds.

26 The use of figures of speech in poetry was also a controversial matter in Jewish society in Spain in the 1130s, as emerges from MIE’s theoretical writing, in particular part 2 of chapter 8 of Mu ā arah, which is a discussion of the badī . The entire essay was in fact written to instruct the novice in the proper writing of poetry. ”27 The second part of chapter 8 is dedicated to the discussion about the badī , focusing on twenty artistic devices used in poetry. After MIE lists the twenty devices but before he analyzes each of them in detail, he apologizes for using them: But since in Poetry especially we follow in the footsteps of the Arabs, we are bound to do as they do as far as we are able [.

Thesis, Columbia University, New York, 1972); J. Dana, Ha-poetica shel ha-shirah ha- ivrit bi-Sfarad bi-yme ha-benayim al pi R. Moshe ibn Ezra u-mqrorotheha ( Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 1983). 1 KITĀB AL-MU Ā ARAH WA-AL-MUDHĀKARAH 19 to political activity and even succeeded in being crowned caliph. On the very day after the coronation, however, he was murdered, and his political aspirations thereby reached their grim end. ), when the author was twenty-six years old. 10 MIE, the Jewish poet, was likewise born to a respected family of Jewish dignitaries closely associated with the kingdom of Granada.

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