Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol


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Princeton University Press
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6.14 X 9.2 X 0.79 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Cole has published two volumes of poems and six volumes of translation from medieval and contemporary Hebrew and Arabic. He has received numerous awards for his work, including fellowships from the NEA and the NEH, and for his Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid the MLA-Scaglione Prize for Translation. He lives in Jerusalem.


"Winner of the 2001 T.L.S-Porjes Prize for Translation, Jewish Book Council"
"Peter Cole, Winner of a 2010 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters"
"Peter Cole is the recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship"
"Taut, light-footed translations . . . remarkable in the degree to which they carry over the distinct poetic complexities of the original while retaining a crisp, contemporary sense of American poetics . . . the quality of motion and emotion comes through directly."-- "Publisher's Weekly"
"Cole's translations of Ibn Gabirol's poetry shimmer: they convey the power and mystique of the original in warm and wonderful phrases. Immediately accessible to the reader seeking beautiful locutions about love, longing, and desire. . . . Cole's introduction is a gem, delineating what little is known about Ibn Gabirol the man and describing his world, his work, and his thought in ways that will delight."-- "Choice"
"Being medieval, these poems inevitably demonstrate the scope of religious language in their explorations of nature, drink, love, sex, boasting, friendship and loneliness. They are by turns, witty, satirical, elegiac--and always allusive."---Jane Liddell-King, Jewish Chronicle