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Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol( )
Author: Gabirol, Solomon Ibn
Translator: Cole, Peter
Series title:The Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation Ser.
ISBN:978-0-691-07032-2
Publication Date:Mar 2001
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $35.00
Book Description:

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...
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Book Details
Pages:344
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.045 x 9.165 x 0.849 Inches
Book Weight:1.074 Pounds
Author Biography
Gabirol, Solomon Ibn (Author)
Solomon ben Judah ibn Gabirol, also known as Avicebron, was a Spanish poet and philosopher. He is thought to have been born in Malaga and later moved to Zaragoza (Saragossa). Orphaned at an early age, he wrote a number of elegies on the death of his parents. He devoted his life to philosophy and poetry and was dependent on the support of patrons. His most generous protector was Jekuthiel ben Isaac ibn Hassan. Upon Jekuthiel's death, Gabirol composed a 200-verse elegy, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of secular medieval Jewish poetry. He was one of the earliest poets to use Arabic meter. All of his poems, regardless of length, are rhymed and end with the same syllable. He is believed to have died in Valencia.

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